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Laurie Victor Kay

Charles Kay, Jr.

laurie and charles photographs

Clayton Chapman The Grey Plume

2013 Results issue

See Who Else Made The Cover Turn The Page + january/february





Omaha Magazine • 5921 S. 118th Circle • Omaha, NE 68137


Christi Clark Artist, Christi Clark Hair Color

Rob Mueting Lexus of Omaha

Bill Jones Jones Bros. Cupcakes

Dennis E. Pate Denise Willett

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House of J Home Accessories and Gifts

The Designers

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Also Inside Judi Wendt

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Brandi Petersen

KETV NewsWatch 7 Anchor/Reporter

60PLUS In Omaha

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25830 W Dodge Rd, Waterloo


Perfect mix of breathtaking views, convenient location and complete, tranquil privacy. Approx 9 acres of Omaha’s most prime Curtis Acres lake front real estate. Located on Dodge Street 25 min from downtown. Completely remodeled true ranch with all the bells and whistles, 4 car garage, boat house, much more.

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

55350 Forrester Valley


A private executive retreat nestled in the Loess Hills. High-end finishes to include imported wood floors. The home was completely redone just a few years ago. A one-of-a kind dream kitchen and a main floor master bedroom ready for the best dreams possible.

Realtor Rob • 402.598.3335

111 Carolina Drive, Carter Lake


Jerre Hunter • 402.981.1342


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Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

20244 Hanna Ave, Pacific Junction-Iowa $875,000

Over 33 acres with a beautiful ranch home overlooking the beautiful Loess Hills. Barn with a heated riding area plus stalls. Beautiful kitchen, family room, formal dining room, fireplace, 22 x 17 master bedroom w/cedar closets, oak ceiling & walls in living room, sauna, underground sprinklers plus a 3 car garage.

555 Riverfront Plz #902



Scenic views with infinity pool, beach, hot tub, fire pits, covered deck, front courtyard and professional landscaping. Interior has all the upgrades w/granite, dark & light cherry wood, high-end appliances, boxed ceilings, built-in flat panel TV’s, theater room and much more!

22644 Hunt Ave, Council Bluffs


Beautiful custom built home with a view. All brick ranch with 2x6 exterior walls, 2 geo-thermal furnaces, in floor lower-level heat, custom cabinets (Quarter Sawn Oak/ Walnut). Additional 25’ x 45’ Garage.

Glen Tiessen • 402.659.7745


Stunning Riverfront Place home. Vistas in all directions. An expansive entertainment area with 3 sided fireplace centerpiece. #902 has all the remarkable qualities a luxurious condo should deliver in Omaha. Stunning views. Luxurious amenities. Two heated parking spaces, and more. #902 is a rare find and viewable by qualified apts.

10221 Woodridge Lane

17610 N Reflection Circle

Tom Helligso • 402.740.5300

Ben Proctor • 402.965.1848

Superb construction, upscale finishes & details throughout. Innovative open floor plan w/granite/ ceramic/stainless steel kitchen. Spacious master suite, 2nd flr family room, impressive finished LL, 20 x 44 inground pool w/wrought iron fence & detached 2016 sq ft 2+ car heated out building.

Jim Marriott • 402.681.1181


Astonishing combination of old-world charm, immaculate state-of-the-art updating and vintage details. Beautifully appointed throughout. You will be amazed by the majestic and dream-like grounds and epic private pool. Timeless design and quality. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Jerre K. Hunter • 402.981.1342

Park-like setting on the lake. Private drive to home, great location with spectacular views year round. This five bedroom home has lots of features not found in other homes. Large living room and kitchen, great room, extra built ins.

5440 S 180th Street, Omaha

220 Fairacres Rd


Rockbrook ranch has an expansive floor plan w/stunning wood floors, regal library, generously sized formal DR, 5 FP, breathtaking kitchen-quartz counters, birch cabinets, dual ovens & more. 2 Master suites on the main level! Jacuzzi room w/wet bar. Finished LL w/2nd kitchen. Zoned heat & AC. 4 car gar, composite deck, splendid landscaping!

Ken Jansen • 402.330.5954

Luxury homes

26627 Taylor Street


With over 8000sqft of in/outdoor living/entertaining space. 4BR, 4BA, 5 car gar walks out to a 100’ wide sandy beach on a ski lake. Lake views from every room! Enjoy the 4 season room and sunset by the fire pits. Optional elevator location! Base price for new construction is $440, 000 plus lot!

Brad Brown • 402.510.4262

26 Westlake Village, Council Bluffs


Many amenities inside and out - Large lakefront home with 200 ft of lake frontage, on a cul-de-sac - The master suite is furnished with snack bar, fireplace, cedar sauna, and a large jet tub.$5, 000 carpet allowance.

Candi Narmi • 402.250.9099

13808 Burt Street


Fabulous Linden Estates gem. Builder’s own custom built 1 1/2 story, sun room and 4 season’s porch. Upstairs game room with fireplace and wet bar. Great location, easy access to anywhere.

John Greguska • 402.612.0594

140 N 39th Street


Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333


Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333


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Perfect for country living. Envir. friendly/energy efficient. Geothermal heat/cool & 2 high effcy wood FP. 1100 sq. ft. no maintenance deck. Handicap accessible. 14 clsts. Kenmore Elite appliances. Safe room. Solarium. Scrty sys. Only 30 mi from Omaha.

21010 Buckskin Trail, Elkhorn



Absolutely stunning 2 sty on 1+ acre private/treed lot in Skyline Ranches. Fabulous hearthroom/gourmet kitchen w/ cherry wood floors + cabinets + travertine counters & exceptional master suite w/ specialty custom cherry cabinets, travertine counters + Italian tile floor. Horses permitted.

3888 Indian Grass Circle, Blair


Paved roads to home! Enjoy relaxing or entertaining with beautiful views on 2.3 acres. This lodge like walk-out 4 bedroom ranch home was built in 2008 and offers over 3700 sq ft. Like new - looking for separation close to interstate this is a ‘MUST BUY’.

Dirk Blume • 402.672.0391


Imagine a home situated on 5 wooded Acres hidden in the trees! Close to town and hard surface road to your door. Quality built with peace and serenity in mind. Every window has its own story! This home is for the individual that has exceptional taste and the need for privacy.

5519 S 208th Circle


This awe inspiring 4 br, story-1/2 home is a must see, 2 grand fp in the hearth & great rm are open to the to-die-for kitchen/ pantry. A truly unique master suite, 2 laundry rooms & so much more in this spacious home. Built by Renaissance Custom Homes.

Beverly Tabatabai • 402.926.8698

Nancy Kehrli • 402.690.1099

“Cabernet Estate” built on a 1.55 acre treed lot backing to lake & fairway in Tiburon Estates! By Birchwood Homes! Open flr plan w/curved staircase to 2nd flr. Birch cabinets, granite countertops, hickory flr in kitch & foyer & tile in util & baths. 2nd flr BRs all have baths. Main flr office. Master w/sit rm & fpl, mstr & tiled snail shower. Finshed LL w/wet bar & fpl.

Nancy Kehrli • 402.690.1099

16749 CR-P 10, Herman

12645 Deerfield Ct, Council Bluffs

Patti Wiggins • 402.707.8066

Dave Ostrand 402.213.7332

Stunning, completely updated and remodeled Regency 5 BR 5 BA. Over $400k in updates! Gourmet kitchen w/ granite countertops overlooks with spectacular great room with view of amazing custom deck. Breathtaking landscaped and private grounds. 4 car garage. Incredible value!

10702 S. 168th Ave


Gorgeous home built with precision and design. Beautiful archways populate throughout. Open kitchen w/granite counters, tiled floors. Great view of pool from kitchen. Master bath w/ shower enclosed by a spiral wall of glass blocks. LL has a full kitchen, theater entertainment area. Ultimate 4000 sqft outbuilding man cave.

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

One of Omaha’s magnificent historical landmarks! The Cornerstone/Offutt Mansion (across from the Joslyn Castle). Designed as Gothic Revival by Charles Ives Cobb. Timeless elegance, incomparable craftsmanship, modern updates and world-class character are the essence of this home. Run currently as a bed and breakfast.

9815 Ascot Drive

7705 N 207 Circle

18718 Honeysuckle Dr


Very tasteful contemporary presentation of classic style. Grand ceilings with lots of architectural detail. Viking stainless appliances, Alder cabinets. Surround sound wiring. Shaded covered deck, new paver patio, stone, brick and Hardiplank siding, professional landscaping.

John Kraemer • 402.689.2233

23788 McPherson, Council Bluffs


Totally remodeled home overlooking three holes of Bent Tree Golf Course - Energy efficient house - Gourmet kitchen appliances - Granite work counter - 3 acres with small orchard.

Sharon Stokes • 402.659.9506

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25830 W Dodge Rd, Waterloo


Perfect mix of breathtaking views, convenient location and complete, tranquil privacy. Approx 9 acres of Omaha’s most prime Curtis Acres lake front real estate. Located on Dodge Street 25 min from downtown. Completely remodeled true ranch with all the bells and whistles, 4 car garage, boat house, much more.

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

13808 Burt Street


John Greguska • 402.612.0594


Realtor Rob • 402.598.3335


Gorgeous home built with precision and design. Beautiful archways populate throughout. Open kitchen w/granite counters, tiled floors. Great view of pool from kitchen. Master bath w/ shower enclosed by a spiral wall of glass blocks. LL has a full kitchen, theater entertainment area. Ultimate 4000 sqft outbuilding man cave.

20244 Hanna Ave, Pacific Junction-Iowa $875,000

Over 33 acres with a beautiful ranch home overlooking the beautiful Loess Hills. Barn with a heated riding area plus stalls. Beautiful kitchen, family room, formal dining room, fireplace, 22 x 17 master bedroom w/cedar closets, oak ceiling & walls in living room, sauna, underground sprinklers plus a 3 car garage.

Jerre K. Hunter • 402.981.1342


One of Omaha’s magnificent historical landmarks! The Cornerstone/Offutt Mansion (across from the Joslyn Castle). Designed as Gothic Revival by Charles Ives Cobb. Timeless elegance, incomparable craftsmanship, modern updates and world-class character are the essence of this home. Run currently as a bed and breakfast.

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

7705 N 207 Circle

16749 CR-P 10, Herman


Perfect for country living. Envir. friendly/energy efficient. Geothermal heat/cool & 2 high effcy wood FP. 1100 sq. ft. no maintenance deck. Handicap accessible. 14 clsts. Kenmore Elite appliances. Safe room. Solarium. Scrty sys. Only 30 mi from Omaha.

Dave Ostrand 402.213.7332

17610 N Reflection Circle


Scenic views with infinity pool, beach, hot tub, fire pits, covered deck, front courtyard and professional landscaping. Interior has all the upgrades w/granite, dark & light cherry wood, high-end appliances, boxed ceilings, built-in flat panel TV’s, theater room and much more!

Tom Helligso • 402.740.5300

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

A private executive retreat nestled in the Loess Hills. Highend finishes to include imported wood floors. The home was completely redone just a few years ago. A one-of-a kind dream kitchen and a main floor master bedroom ready for the best dreams possible.

140 N 39th Street


Astonishing combination of old-world charm, immaculate state-of-the-art updating and vintage details. Beautifully appointed throughout. You will be amazed by the majestic and dream-like grounds and epic private pool. Timeless design and quality. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Jeff Rensch • 402.391.5333

Fabulous Linden Estates gem. Builder’s own custom built 1 1/2 story, sun room and 4 season’s porch. Upstairs game room with fireplace and wet bar. Great location, easy access to anywhere.

55350 Forrester Valley

220 Fairacres Rd

12645 Deerfield Ct, Council Bluffs


Imagine a home situated on 5 wooded Acres hidden in the trees! Close to town and hard surface road to your door. Quality built with peace and serenity in mind. Every window has its own story! This home is for the individual that has exceptional taste and the need for privacy.

Patti Wiggins • 402.707.8066

22644 Hunt Ave, Council Bluffs


Beautiful custom built home with a view. All brick ranch with 2x6 exterior walls, 2 geo-thermal furnaces, in floor lower-level heat, custom cabinets (Quarter Sawn Oak/Walnut). Additional 25’ x 45’ Garage.

Glen Tiessen • 402.659.7745

5519 S 208th Circle


This awe inspiring 4 br, story-1/2 home is a must see, 2 grand fp in the hearth & great rm are open to the to-die-for kitchen/ pantry. A truly unique master suite, 2 laundry rooms & so much more in this spacious home. Built by Renaissance Custom Homes.

Beverly Tabatabai • 402.926.8698

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Editor’s letter

Dear Readers,


t’s January, the beginning of a new year, which seems a logical

time to reflect on the past 12 months of Omaha Magazine. In the past six issues, we’ve been fortunate to land some very high-profile Omahans for our covers—business magnate and philanthropist Warren Buffett and restaurateur extraordinaire Willy Theisen—as well as lesser-known but equally interesting and inspiring subjects, such as Iraq War vet Jacob Hausman. We’ve also published some wonderful features on Omaha happenings and organizations—the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball, The International Omaha equestrian event, Project Interfaith, the revival of Benson, Quality Living, Inc., and the list goes on and on…It’s been a pleasure bringing these stories to you in the past year, and thanks again to all of our subjects for sharing your stories with us. In 2013, Omaha Magazine looks forward to bringing you many more great stories, always keeping the focus on people! Inside this issue: a feature about Omaha’s burgeoning hockey-mania and the upcoming Battles on Ice event; profiles on KETV anchor Brandi Petersen, self-taught pianist Keith ‘Key Master’ Martz, Cupcake Island chef Ed LeFebvre, and CBS producer Greg Groggel; a restaurant review on Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe, and many others. In addition, we’re debuting a regular column on craft beers, written by Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Co., and a recurring special section (which will also publish as a stand-alone magazine) called 60 Plus in Omaha. With the huge “Baby-Boomer” generation approaching retirement age, we felt devoting a segment of our editorial to issues that matter to the 60+ crowd made good sense. Inside this 60 Plus in Omaha are features on downsizing your possessions before a move and aging in place, as well as the love stories of six Omaha couples married 50 years or more, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The section will also include regular features including “Style at 60 Plus,” written by style guru Mary Ann Vaccaro, and “Active Living,” profiling 60+ Omahans who embrace fitness, staying engaged, and living life to the fullest. Be sure to check out our “Active

Living” profile on Steve Hipple— his story will motivate you to live life with gusto! And of course, we have our Linda Persigehl 2013 Best of Omaha® Contest Results! See pages B-1 to B-96 to learn more about Omaha’s longest-running and most respected “Best” competition and find out which of your favorite businesses won in their respective categories. Congrats to all the winners! Lastly, we want to extend a big thank you to all those folks who turned out for our Best of Omaha® photo shoot. We had a blast planning the shoot for our first-ever foldout cover. You all looked fabulous and were so accommodating! A special thanks to Dennis Pate and Alysia Hess with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, who went above and beyond bringing Loucious, an African Penguin, and Foster, a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, to the shoot. What a hoot! And big thanks to House of Loom for providing the gorgeous venue. The team from Creative Hair Design, AJ and Kat, and the gals at Bridal Traditions,, and Jewelry by Rose Rutherford glammed up the ladies with gorgeous dresses, gems, hair and makeup, and Gentleman’s Choice decked out the male models in top style. Thanks to you, also. Well done! Happy 2013!

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Editor’s Letter Between the Lines For Starters/Calendar of Events Greater Nebraska Happenings

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Omaha A rt: Craig Lee Style Shot: Mary Wajda

Omaha Faces: 48 1 Keith “Key Master” Martz 150 Brandi Petersen 220 Judi Wendt


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Best of Omaha® 2013 Results


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R estaurant R eview: Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe


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Not Home Alone


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Distressed About Downsizing?


Inside Scoop


Love to Last a Lifetime


Gala Calendar


Retirement Planning To-Dos


Kudos To You!

Style at 60 Plus!


Gala Events


On the Cover From left: Clayton Chapman, Laurie Victor Kay, Charles Kay, Jr., Denise Willett, Bill Jones, Christ Clark, Marilyn S. Hansen, Rob Mueting, and Dennis Pate. Men’s tuxedos provided by Gentleman’s Choice. Dresses for Marilyn and Denise provided by Bridal Traditions. Marilyn’s necklace provided by Jewelry by Rose Rutherford, shown exclusively at Bridal Traditions. Dresses for Christi and Laurie provided by Christi’s earrings provided by Hair by Ashley “AJ” Sibbing, Creative Hair Design. Makeup by Kat Ferm, Creative Hair Design. Best of Omaha® ice sculpture provided by Muzzy’s Ice. Loucious, African Penguin, and Foster, Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, provided by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and Alysia Hess, Interactive Animal Programs Supervisor. Photo shoot location provided by House of Loom.

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Chris Wolfgang loves talking up her new hometown of

Omaha online and in print. She is, to the last, a communicator. Newspaper, PR, publishing, social media, blog, you name it…she’s written in it and edited for it. Her freelance work got her bylines in the Omaha World-Herald, Silicon Prairie News, The Reader, Metro Magazine, and Omaha Fashion Magazine. The latest feather in her cap is becoming Omaha Magazine’s newest assistant editor. She’s always ready to chat on Twitter (@chriswolfgang, look her up) and suggests that new conversations begin with comics, sci-fi, and food. In her nondigital life,

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2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships CenturyLink Center Omaha January 20-27

For the first time ever, Omaha is proud to host the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Medals will be awarded for men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing at the senior, junior, and novice levels. The event’s results will be part of the U.S. selection criteria for the 2013 Four Continents Championships and 2013 World Championships, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Watch as Johnny Weir creates his own theatrical performance on ice, feel the power of pair skaters Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, and see Ashley Wagner, the new skating It-Girl, as she holds her own against the other ladies in the last opportunity to qualify for the U.S. World Figure Skating Team. Recurring daily. 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit or call 402-341-1500.

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Presently the most performed opera worldwide, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is a lighthearted tale of love and adventure, perfect for the entire family! With the help of famed Omaha artist Jun Kaneko, whose opera design is recognized coast-to-coast, Mozart’s masterpiece is sure to sell out! The Magic Flute is best known for its Queen of the Night aria, which is regarded as one of the most difficult arias in all opera, generally sung by a soprano of the best talent. The production by Harry Silvertstein stars Shawn Mathey as Tamino, Monica Yunus as Pamina, Corey McKern as Papageno, Emily Hindrichs as the Queen of the Night, and Tom McNichols as Sarastro. Opera Omaha shares this production with San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. Tickets from $19-79. 409 S. 16th St. F/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606.

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power Durham Museum February 9 – May 26

Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power highlights the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated, and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music and the American culture forward. Honoring 70 years of women in popular music, this interactive exhibition spotlights a vast array of artists through artifacts and video. From Mamie Smith’s first blues recording in 1920 through Lady Gaga’s most recent hits, the exhibit moves through rock and roll eras, weaving a powerful and engaging narrative that demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation and change in popular music from the early years of the 20th century to the present. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-444-5071.

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Calendar of events 2013 january & february Midlands International Auto Show will be at CenturyLink Center Omaha January 10-13.

ONGOING EVENTS Through 1/4: Agents of Change: Mexican Muralists and New Deal Artists. El Museo Latino. The exhibit features works by artists from Mexico and the U.S. that reflect the Mexican Muralist movement, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the Taller de Gráfica Popular from the collection of the Sheldon Art Musseum at UNL. $5 general, $4 college students with ID, $3.50 seniors & students K-12, free for members. 4701 S. 25th St. M, W, F/10am-5pm; Tu, Th/1-5pm; Sat/10am-2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-731-1137. Through 1/4: Fine Art of Jazz. Loves Jazz & Arts Center. Inspired to capture the faces and flavor of living Kansas City jazz, Pulitzerprize-winning photographer Dan White spent almost two decades photographing renowned Kansas


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City jazz musicians. Photographs on display at Loves Jazz & Arts Center. $5 general admission. 2510 N. 24th St. Tu-F/11am-5pm; Sat/11am3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-502-5315. Through 1/6: The American Soldier, From the Civil War to the War in Iraq: A Photographic Tribute. Durham Museum. A dramatic display of photographs, The American Soldier display features over 116 photos dating from the Civil War all the way to the War in Iraq. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-444-5071. Through 1/6: Robots: The Interactive Exhibition. Strategic Air & Space Museum. Features characters from the popular animated film, Robots (2005), as a guide to teach guests of all ages about the amazing past and exciting future of robotics and how robots can affect our daily lives. Take an adventure through this mechanical world! Recurring daily. $12 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active-retired military, $6 children ages 4-12, free for children 3 & under. 28210 W. Park Hwy. Sun-Sat/10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.sasmuseum. com or call 402-944-3100.

on Wednesday night. Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Jan. 5 & 9), Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Jan. 19 & 23), Verdi’s Rigoletto (Feb. 16 & 20), Wagner’s Parisfal (Mar. 2 & 6), Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (Mar. 16 & 20), and Handel’s Giulio Cesare (April 27 & May 1). $24 general admission, $20 Film Streams members and Opera Omaha subscribers, $10 full-time students with ID. 1340 Mike Fahey St. W/6pm; Sat/12pm. For more information, visit www.

Through 1/31: Arte Popular – Folk Art. El Museo Latino. Works in wood, metal, and paper. Transmitted from generation to generation, tends to be collective in communities, anonymous, decorative, natural materials found in the area or region. $5 general, $4 college students with ID, $3.50 seniors & students K-12, free for members. 4701 S. 25th St. M, W, F/10am-5pm; Tu, Th/1-5pm; Sat/10am-2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-731-1137.

Through 7/27: Brewery Tour. Lucky Bucket Brewery. Tour the Lucky Bucket brewery and try their five-year round beers in addition to some limited edition beers you can’t find in the stores. Recurring every Wednesday through Saturday. Must be 21+. $3 general admission. 11941 Centennial Rd., Ste. 1. W-F/5:30pm; Sat/12, 1, & 2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-763-8868. JANUARY EVENTS

Through 2/3: Worn with Pride: Americans in Uniform. Durham Museum. Artifacts from the Civil War to present day Iraq and Afghanistan will be showcased to bring home the very personal experiences of war and how advances in technology has changed that experience over the last 150 years. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for member and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-444-5071. Through 5/1: The Met: Live in HD. Film Streams. Opera Omaha and Film Streams have collaborated to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series to Ruth Sokolof Theater with showings live on Saturday afternoon and encores

1/1-3/2: Celebrate Black History on Stamps. Boys Town. View stamps of famous Black Americans on display at the Leon Myers Stamp Center, located in the Boys Town Visitors Center. Recurring daily. Free admission. 14100 Crawford St. M-F/8am-5pm; Sat/9am4pm; Sun/11am-4pm. For more information, visit www.boystown. org or call 402-498-1141. 1/4: Omaha Lancers vs. Fargo Force. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 1/7-2/15: Chad Fonfara/ Travis Hencey at the Fred Simon Gallery. Fred Simon Gallery. The ceramics of Chad Fonfara

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1/10-13: Midlands International Auto Show. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Chevrolet, Honda, Ford, Toyota, Dodge, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Jeep, and more! All the newest cars, trucks, motorcycles, and SUVs from all the major manufacturers will be on display. Buy a raffle ticket for a dollar, and you could win a 2013 Camaro convertible provided by the Heartland Chevy dealers. The entirety of the raffle revenue will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. $9 adults, $6 seniors 65+, $5 children 7-12, free for children 6 & under. 455 N 10th St. Th/11am-9pm; F-Sat/10am-9pm; Sun/10am-5pm. For more information, visit or 402-444-1263. 1/11-12: Omaha Symphony: Daryl Stuermer of Genesis. Holland Performing Arts Center. Michael Kamenski, conductor. Together with the Omaha Symphony, touring member of Genesis Daryl Stuermer brings his guitar and five-piece band to rock out to unique renditions of the greatest hits of Genesis and Phil Collins, including “Invisible Touch,” “I Can’t Dance,” “No Son of Mine,” and more! Tickets from $25-70. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony. org or call 402-342-3560. 1/15-20: Memphis the Musical. Orpheum Theater. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves— filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets from $25-95. 409 S. 16th St. TuTh/7:30pm; F/8pm; Sat/2&8pm; Sun/1:30&7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-342-0606.

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1/10: Omaha Consort: Partita Party. Entitled “Partita Party,” the Omaha Consort presents a program, featuring music for wind ensemble, including Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major, played by members of the Omaha Symphony. It will also premiere an original composition for two oboes and bassoons by Omaha composer Phill Smith. The evening begins with complimentary wine and cheese at 6pm, followed by a pre-concert talk from Jason DeWater, artistic director of Omaha Consort. $20 general, $ 10 students. 202 S. 20th St. 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-502-5794.














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Calendar of events 2013 january & february 1/16: Omaha Lancers vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 1/18-2/10: Deathtrap. Omaha Community Playhouse. A great American thriller, Deathtrap is a suspenseful murder mystery with twists and turns that will keep you guessing who is the true villain. Deceit, plot reversals, sinister intentions, and clever characters make Deathtrap one of the greatest crime stories of all time. Recurring Thursday through Sunday. 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit or call 402-553-0800. 1/19: Lucky Peterson Live at the Holland. Holland Performing Arts Center. Discovered by blues legend Willie Dixon, Peterson released his first record at five. With more than seven albums

and performances with several blues greats, such as Etta James, Otis Rush, B.B. King, and Albert Collins, Peterson’s smokin’ blues is the perfect opener for the 1200 CLUB—Live at the Holland! 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0202. 1/19: Omaha Lancers vs. Lincoln Stars. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-344-7825. 1/19-3/29: Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow. Strategic Air & Space Museum. The new national traveling exhibition, Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb 1945-1965, explores the many ways Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives. The exhibit features more than 75 original artifacts from the era. Recurring daily. $12 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active-retired military, $6

Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary will be at the Orpheum Theater January 31. Photo by Savion Glover Productions. children ages 4-12, free for children 3 & under. 28210 W. Park Hwy. 10am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-944-3100. 1/20: Omaha Symphony: Breaking Tradition, New Frontiers in Art and Music. Joslyn Art Museum. Program includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor, Perle’s Serenade No. 2 for Eleven Players, and Weill’s Suite from Threepenny Opera. Tickets are $30. 2200 Dodge St. 2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-342-3560. 1/20: Crescendo Concert Series: Prairie Winds Quintet. Dundee Presbyterian Church. Since their debut in 1996, they have captivated audiences throughout North America with performances that present the finest wind quintet arrangements in programs that entertain as well as enlighten. Free tickets issued. 5312 Underwood Ave. 7pm. For more information, call 402-558-2330. 1/21-2/1: All Catholic High School Exhibit. Creighton’s Lied Art Gallery. Area Catholic high school students display their artwork. Attendees will have the chance to vote for the best artwork. Recurring daily. Free admission. 2500 California Plz. 1-4pm. For more information, call 402-280-2509. 1/25: Omaha Lancers vs. Fargo Force. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825.


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1/25-26: Omaha Symphony: Dvorak Festival. Holland Performing Arts Center. The signature works of Dvorak fill two unforgettable programs. Friday night features his epic cello concerto, and Saturday brings us the iconic Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” Tickets from $25-75. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit or call 402-342-3560. 1/25-2/10: Tomás and the Library Lady. The Rose Theater. To find work, Tomás and his family travel to Iowa, where the only home for them is a shack. His life is changed when he meets a librarian who opens up a new world of books. Learn how a scared boy became the celebrated Chicano poet, author, and educator Tomás Rivera. Best for ages 5 and older. $18 general, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2&7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-4849. 1/26: Omaha Lancers vs. Waterloo Black Hawks. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 1/26: Indoor Air Show & Chili Bomb. Strategic Air & Space Museum. The Strategic Air & Space Museum dishes out chili, planes, and more! This wonderful event will provide hours of high-flying fun for the entire family. $12 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active-retired military, $6 children ages 4-12, free for children 3 & under. 28210 W. Park Hwy. 10am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-944-3100.

1/27: Omaha Symphony: When I Grow Up. Holland Performing Arts Center. What do you want to be when you grow up? Come along with Music Director Thomas Wilkins as he tells the story of how orchestras came to be. Tickets from $8-10. 1200 Douglas St. 2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-342-3560. 1/30: Omaha Lancers vs. Sioux Falls Stampede. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 1/31: Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary. Orpheum Theater. Widely considered the world’s finest tap dancer, Glover pays homage to the many tap greats, such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. For this performance, Glover will be joined by fellow tap enthusiast Marshall Davis, Jr. Tickets from $25-59. 409 S. 16th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts. org or call 402-345-0606. FEBRUARY EVENTS 2/2: Omaha Symphony: James Bond & Beyond. Holland Performing Arts Center. Featuring Debbie Gravitte, vocalist. Shaken, not stirred—join us for a cocktail of 007’s memorable music from Goldfinger to Dr. No with a shot of other great spy-inspired musical selections. Tickets from $20-65. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.omahaperformingarts. org or call 402-345-0202. 2/6: Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy and The Wolf. Holland Performing Arts Center. Blues at the Crossroads returns to celebrate two legends, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Both musicians are considered the inspiration of the 1960s British blues explosion. Tickets from $25-55. 1200 Douglas St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606. 2/6-10: Dames at Sea. Lied Education Center for the Arts at Creighton University. A musical parody of the grand and glorious movie musicals of the 1930s. Calamity strikes when a group of performers, preparing for their upcoming show, needs to find a venue because their theater is demolished. $18 general, $15 seniors. 2500 California Plz. W-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-280-2509.

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Calendar of events 2013 january & february Evil Dead: The Musical will be at the Omaha Community Playhouse February 8 through March 17. be more than 200 artists tattooing all weekend. All artists are licensed by the Iowa Board of Health and have been trained in blood borne pathogens, first aid, and safe tattooing techniques. One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. F-Sat/12-10pm; Sun/12-8pm. For more information, visit www.midamericacenter. com or call 856-258-4953. 2/8-3/17: Evil Dead: The Musical. Omaha Community Playhouse. Five college students venture to a most popular Spring Break

2/7: Drumline Live. Orpheum Theater. This versatile group of musicians and dancers brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. With hip hop, R&B, classic Motown tunes, and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, DRUMLINE LIVE thrills audiences with its American Marching Band experience. Tickets from $19-55. 409 S. 16th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0606. 2/7-10: 48th Annual Omaha Home & Garden Expo and 15th Annual Flower & Patio Show. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Step out of Winter and into Spring at Omaha’s most colorful and largest showcase of landscaping, home gardens, and outdoor living, as well as the latest products and services for the home. Recurring daily. 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www.


january/february  •  2013 or call 402-341-1500. 2/7-10: Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience. Holland Performing Arts Center. Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props ,and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! Tickets from $48-55. 1200 Douglas St. Th-F/7&9:30pm; Sat-Sun/2&7pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-345-0202. 2/8-10: “Best in the MidWest” Tattoo Convention. Mid-America Center. At the “Best in the MidWest” tattoo convention, there will abandoned cabin in the woods. While there, they unleash an evil force that turns all but one of them into demons. Flying body parts, buckets of blood, and singing and dancing zombies make this low-budget horror film satire the perfect show for people who love to have fun. Just beware the splatter zone. Intended for mature audiences. Recurring Thursdays through Sundays. 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit or call 402-553-0800. 2/9: Omaha Lancers vs. Lincoln Stars. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-344-7825. 2/9-10: Omaha Symphony: John Pizzarelli. Holland Performing Arts Center. This worldrenowned jazz guitarist and singer has been called “hip with a wink” by Town and Country and “madly creative” by the L.A. Times. A recent smash success with the Boston Pops, he will perform a treasure trove of great American songs in his own “impossibly cool” style. Tickets from $15-78. 1200 Douglas St. Sat/8pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0202. 2/13: Omaha Lancers vs. Sioux Falls Stampede. Ralston

Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 2/13: Omaha Consort: Schubert’s Octet in F Major. Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge. The Omaha Consort presents Schubert’s Octet in F Major. The evening begins with complimentary wine and cheese at 6pm, followed by a pre-concert talk from Jason DeWater, artistic director of Omaha Consort. $20 general, $ 10 students. 202 S. 20th St. 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-502-5794. 2/16: Omaha Lancers vs. Tri-City Storm. Ralston Arena. USHL Hockey League game. $22 adults, $15.25 kids. 7300 Q St. 7:05pm. For more information, visit or call 402-344-7825. 2/19: The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney. Holland Performing Arts Center. Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. The Chieftains have taken traditional Irish music and made it their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Tickets from $25-60. 1200 Douglas St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-0202. 2/21-3/16: A Behanding in Spokane. Blue Barn Theatre. In this darkly comical new work from the acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh, the mysterious gun-toting Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for decades. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and soon life and death are up for grabs. A Behanding in Spokane turns over American

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2/23-5/26: We Want the Vote: Women’s Suffrage on the Great Plains. Durham Museum. Learn how the region contributed to the suffrage movement. Though it was a fairly radical concept in 1848, as the decades passed women from all backgrounds began to understand they needed the vote. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-444-5071.

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January/February jAnuAry EvEnts 1/1-12: the last reef 3D – Hastings, neb. Hastings Museum. Go on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean's reefs. $8-10. 1330 N. Burlington Ave. For more information, visit or call 402-461-2399.

1/5-3/24: Polar obsession: Photographs by Paul nicklen – Hastings, neb. Hastings Museum. A visual journey through the Arctic and Antarctic regions studying wildlife on ice and in the sea. $5-7. 1330 N. Burlington Ave. For more information, visit or call 402-461-2399.

1/1-31: ring in the new year with the madison county museum – madison, neb. Madison County Historical Society Museum. Highlights from the museum’s collections will be on display. 210 W. 3rd St. M-F/1-4pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-992-1221.

1/6-2/10: Homesteader & movie Film Festival – beatrice, neb. Homestead National Monument. Homestead National Monument presents a movie each Sunday featuring a homesteading icon or descendent. Free admission. 8523 W. State Hwy 4. Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-223-3514.

1/1-3/31: monA’s 19th century Artworks – Kearney, neb. Museum of Nebraska Art. Works were created by ArtistExplorers—the individuals who traveled and documented the New Frontier and the Plains Indians. 2401 Central Ave. For more information, visit mona or call 308-865-3559.

1/7-18: journey stories, a smithsonian Exhibition – lincoln, neb. Nebraska State Capitol. Exhibit showing how America's evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. Free admission. 15th & K Sts. M-F/8am5pm; Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-474-2131.

1/1-4/28: Art: it’s Elementary! – Kearney, neb. Museum of Nebraska Art. This exhibit walks viewers through the elements of art. 2401 Central Ave. For more information, visit mona or call 308-865-8559. 1/1-6/4: Air racers 3D – Hastings, neb. Hastings Museum. Experience the intensity and highspeed thrills of the Northern Nevada Valley of Speed. 1330 N. Burlington Ave. $8-10. For more information, visit or call 402-461-2399.

1/8-3/2: valentines, Watches, and jewelry – Plattsmouth, neb. Cass County Historical Museum. Jewelry and valentines from the late 1800s and early 1900s. $2.50/adult. 646 Main St. Tu-Sat/12-4pm. For more information, visit www.nebraskamuseums. org or call 402-296-4770. 1/10-2/27: christopher meyer & Diane noonan Exhibits – norfolk, neb. Norfolk Arts Center. Free admission. 305 N. 5th St. For more information, visit

Just because it’s cold and snowy outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors! Fontenelle Forest has plenty going on during the winter months; in fact, it’s a great time to see a lot of the animals that you wouldn’t regularly see during the nicer times of the year. Head out to the forest and watch for cardinals, foxes, or even the elusive minks. Also, throughout the month of January, take part in Mud Pies: Red Fox in Winter, which occurs weekly Monday through Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am. Mud Pies is a family program encouraging adult/child interaction (One adult is required for every two children). A different natural science topic is introduced each week through interactive stations within “Habitat Hollow.” Admission for Mud Pies is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 child, and free for members. 1111 Bellevue Blvd. For more information, visit www.fontenelleforest. org or call 402-731-3140. or call 402-371-7199. 1/11-2/3: Quilts from the stuhr collection – grand island, neb. Stuhr Museum. Historic textiles and quilts on display, including the work of area quilters. $4-6. 3133 W. US Hwy 34 M-Sat/9am-5pm; Sun/12-5pm. For more information, visit or call 308-385-5316. 1/12-13: charles yeager memorial gun show – bloomfield, neb. American Legion Pavilion at Knox County Fairgrounds. Gun show and historical displays. E. Main St. For more information, visit or call 402-373-2272.

1/13: Frontier strings of omaha – David city, neb. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. 620 D St. 3pm. For more information, visit or call 402-367-4488. 1/13-6/4: meerkats 3D – Hastings, neb. Hastings Museum. This National Geographic film takes audiences on a journey with a family of meerkats as they cope with life on the Kalahari Desert. $8-10. 1330 N. Burlington Ave. For more information, visit www.hastingsmuseum. org or call 402-461-2399. 1/18: broadway today! – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. Enjoy songs from Broadway’s recent seasons. $17.5035. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-472-4747.

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Greater nebraska happenings 1/18-20: central nebraska Home and builders show – grand island, neb. Heartland Event Center. $5. 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. F/5-9pm; Sat/10am-6pm; Sun/12pm-5pm. For more information, visit www.jacksonexpogroup. com or call 515-537-2094. 1/19: Prairie Princess Party – grand island, neb. Stuhr Museum. Crafts, face painting, games, royal photos with Miss Nebraska, and more frilly fun. $6-8. 3133 W. Hwy 34. 1-4pm. For more information, visit or call 308-385-5316. 1/19: Women’s Expo – norfolk, neb. Divots Conference Center. Offering style, beauty, wellness, health, home, and entertainment. 4200 W. Norfolk Ave. For more information, call 402-879-3833. 1/25: Pub night – grand island, neb. Stuhr Museum. Stuhr brings local brewers, historic casino games and a one-ofa-kind atmosphere to this 21 and over event. $8. 3133 W. US Hwy 34. 6-9pm. For more information, visit or call 308-385-5316. 1/26: shatner’s World – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. William Shatner is a one-man force of nature delivering a larger than life performance. $24-66. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-472-4747. 1/26: Dwynwen’s Day celebration – Wymore, neb. Welsh Heritage Centre. Celebration of the Welsh Patron Saint of Love. Fashion show of antique wedding dresses and afternoon tea. 307 S. 7th St. 2pm. For more information, visit or call 402-421-8192. 1/26-27: PrcA championship rodeo – lincoln, neb. Pershing Center. The best rodeo


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athletes from the region compete. 226 Centennial Mall S. For more information, visit or call 402-441-8744. 1/27: two guys and a trumpet – geneva, neb. City auditorium. A variety of music for trumpet and piano including classic repertoire, jazz and arrangements of popular melodies. 2pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-759-4910. 1/27: 8th Annual chilympiad – milligan, neb. Chili chefs give it their all. Vote for your favorite chili. Donations accepted. 6th & Main sts. For more information, visit or call 402-629-4446. 1/27: soup ‘r Art – norfolk, neb. Divots DeVent Center. Sample soups from top northeast Nebraska restaurants, view art displays from regional artists, and enjoy live music. 11am-4pm For more information, visit or call 402-371-7199. FEbruAry EvEnts 2/1: chocolate lovers Fantasy – lincoln, neb. Embassy Suites. $25. 7-10pm. For more information, visit or call 402-435-7496. 2/1-2: monster truck Winter nationals show – grand island, neb. Heartland Events Center. Plenty of racing and destruction as the trucks walk all over other cars, vans, and anything else they can crush. 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. For more information, visit www. or call 940-683-4742. 2/1-17: How the other Half lives – bellevue, neb. Bellevue Little Theater. 203 W. Mission Ave. F-Sat/8pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-291-1554.

2/1-28: regional Photography show – grand island, neb. Prairie Winds Art Center. Photographers from a multi-state area compete for more than $800 worth of awards. Free admission. 112 W. 3rd St. For more information, visit or call 308-381-4001. 2/2: county treo – minden, neb. Minden Opera House. One of the hottest bands in Nebraska encompassing all genres of music. $15. 322 E. 5th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 308-832-0588. 2/2: groundhog Day celebration – unadilla, neb. Main St. gym and church. Speaker Darrel Draper portrays Teddy Roosevelt. Parade, homemade soup, and jerky contest, crafts, flea market, Polka music and more. Free admission. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 402-828-5355.

2/9: Adams & cooley/rat Pack jazz group – David city, neb. David City Auditorium. Family musical entertainment. 7pm. For more information, visit www. or call 402-367-4488. 2/9: Heartland Hoops classic – grand island, neb. Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. For more information, call 308-398-1154. 2/9: Drumline live – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. Drumline Live is the American marching band experience. $15-49. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.liedcenter. org or call 402-472-4747. 2/9: Heart city bull bash – valentine, neb. Main St. One day display show of the best bulls in the region. Events for the entire family including art shows, gun shows, and wine tastings. 11am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 402-376-3000.

2/2-3: buffalo bill Farm & ranch Expo – north Platte, neb. D&N Event Center. Nebraska's largest indoor equipment showroom. Free admission. 501 E. Walker Rd. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit or call 308-532-4966.

2/10: nebraska Wines Festival – milligan, neb. City auditorium. Wine tasting, cheese and cracker plates, grapes, and music. $20-25. For more information, visit or call 402-629-4446.

2/3: church basement ladies 2: A second Helping – grand island, neb. Grand Island Senior High Auditorium. They're servin' it up again in the church basement kitchen! 2:30pm. For more information, visit www. or call 308-382-2309.

2/11: Annual soup cookoff – niobrara, neb. WFLA Hall. Three categories of soup: chili, chicken and miscellaneous. The public chooses the winners. $3-5. 11am-1pm. For more information, visit or call 402-857-3838.

2/7: bbc concert orchestra – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. Hear the Lied's acoustics at their finest with one of the world's most respected and versatile orchestras. $9-48. 301 N. 12th St. 7:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-472-4747.

2/12-13: cathy rigby is Peter Pan – lincoln, neb. Lied Center for Performing Arts. Discover the magic all over again with this twotime Emmy and Tony Award nominated production. $24.50-66. 301 N. 12th St. 7pm. For more information, visit or call 402-472-4747.

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sleep under a starfilled sky? Create a woodland view in that drab and windowless back room? Or present a unique atmosphere for your office? Craig Lee can and does make wishes come true. He has won praise and clients for his trompe l’oeil murals and paintings that do indeed fool the eye into believing the unbelievable. Most of his commissions are for home or business interiors. A ceiling may become a field of stars or an elaborate Renaissance-style illusion with figures and architectural features; walls may open onto a view. Faux finishes are a choice for details or an entire surface. Take time to see his outdoor mural at 35th and Center streets. Lee’s gift to Omaha [he donated his time and materials] is an homage to the Hanscom Park neighborhood, where he lives, and to the sensual delights of spring and summer. You’ll find sweetly perfumed lilacs, wide-porched houses shaded by a great silver maple, butter-yellow lilies, >>

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<< and tantalizing tomatoes. “I want people to be able to hear cicadas when they look at it,” Lee has said. The 18’ x 62’ mural was painted last summer. Preparation of the badly damaged wall required a week of painstaking cleaning and restoration, plus a month to cure the lime-based mortar. Painting the mural took a full month (A video of the process is available at Eddith Buis, an artist, educator, and longtime public art advocate, is thrilled with the Center Street mural. “It brings good art to the public,” she said. And per this feature, “As a muralist, he doesn’t have exhibitions, so it’s important that his work be recognized.” While a graduate student at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lee followed the gestural style of the Abstract Expressionists until an instructor challenged him with the question, “What is your experience?” Lee recalls, “Art got really hard after that because realism involves so many brain cells. I want to leave some room for the viewer to be creative, and not simply reproduce what I see.” To that end, Lee uses line and color to create directional rhythm, highlights, and markers so that viewers can “read” the painting. All the senses are enlisted so one can almost feel the breeze and smell the flowers. By engaging viewers in these ways, their own stories are interwoven into the one depicted. Sometimes, the narrative requires Lee to work against such realism. Painting scenery for Bluebarn Theatre’s Christmas spoof, Who Killed Santa?, he sought a more limited, generic representation; the kind we’d see in advertising or packaging. >>

Top: Candyland Backdrop mural for Creighton University Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Bottom: Tropical birds mural painted by Lee at the Hands of Heartland Center in Bellevue.



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<< Every log in the cabin wall, while recognizable, is similar. “They’re more toy logs than real logs,” he said. “It’s hard to pull back, but the painting is in service to the story.” Lee’s mural subjects are often larger than life and highly individualized. Three murals at Domina Law Group picture Nebraska history, renowned trials, and the firm’s own key cases. The first is encountered in the reception area, on a curved wall opposite the entry. Large portraits beg identification; soon we are lured by details and following the ever-modernizing route that winds through the prairie. Lee began his professional life as a scenic artist at Omaha Community Playhouse. He began to get private commissions for murals as well as other freelance work and formed his own business, Craig Lee Fine Art, about 15 years ago. (One of his early murals, of Downtown Omaha, graces the wall of Omaha Magazine’s conference room, in fact.) “There were some lean years,” he admitted, but he felt compelled to paint. “You only get one life, so your work has to have meaning.” Georgia, a yellow lab, looks at him with adoring, melted-chocolate eyes. Her response to his comment is clear. Lee rescued her from a puppy mill where she was a breeder. Slowly, she achieved physical and emotional health, and has a starring role in the Center Street mural. Any of us, however, can find our own imaginary place in the scene, our own private entrance. And with Lee’s painting as medium, the story becomes both personal and plausible.

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Living fully at every age and every stage. products and services, his company is preparing for the deluge of demand ahead. His firm provides seniors with non-medical, handson assistance with activities of daily living, bathing, and transferring, with what he says is an innovation in the business. Each client has an RN (registered nurse) who assesses needs, manages services, and attends doctors’ appointments, if requested.  The RN then communicates with the family (with the client’s permission) in order to keep the family up-to-date on the client’s condition. Laurie Dondelinger, marketing director at Kohll’s Home Care in Omaha, recently took this writer on a tour of their 10,000-squarefoot showroom, which contains hundreds, perhaps thousands, of assistive devices from canes to stairway lifts to walk-in tubs to ceiling lift tracks which literally lift a disabled person out of bed and motor them anywhere in the home where the ceiling track has been installed. Kohll’s has in-house contractors who can install assistive devices as well as remodel a home to accommodate such devices. Dondelinger tells of a satisfied client who installed a stairway lift in his three-story house. He is so thrilled with the ease in moving from floor to floor that he feels as if he now lives in a ranch-style home, and he’s no longer faced with having to sell his beautiful home on the river where he has lived for many years. Bob Sackett, owner of Complete Access in La Vista, got into the home-accessibility business because of a personal crisis facing a family member 25 years ago. He is now a licensed elevator sales and installation provider specializing in modular ramps, stairway lifts and elevators, for the home serving customers in western Iowa and central and eastern Nebraska. His company sells both new and previously owned products, allowing him to meet the needs of even tight budgets. Like so many in the stay-at-home business, Sackett has a true fervor about his business, which he says is not only cost-effective in keeping people in their own homes, but also improves clients’ quality of life. However, Sackett says that, in his initial assessment, he looks and listens to learn whether or not the person can survive happily at home. If his accessibility services could >> Continued on page 40

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Many seniors are facing this very situation for a variety of reasons, including simply downsizing, restricted mobility, and being unable to maintain their current home. Just as there are a variety of reasons for moving, there are a variety of services designed to help seniors and their families achieve this goal. Kris Kircher, owner of Caring Transitions, is one of several local businesses that specialize in helping seniors and their families pack their belongings, spruce up the house, and get everything ready for the old house to sell and the new home to be move-in ready.

“We get [the house] completely cleaned out,” she says. “We [can] do it all for them.” For nearly 20 years, Kircher has been helping seniors and their families sort through all kinds of items, preparing them for an estate sale, for donation, or just to de-clutter and downsize. She can also help to get them settled in their new location. Kircher explains that, to get the process started, she encourages her clients to focus on their goals. “Normally it is to clean out the house so it can be sold,” she says. Often, the secondary goal is to make some money by selling unnecessary items through either an estate sale or through consignment. “I try to make sure I’m working with them to meet their goals so that they can have a say on what’s going on.” Liz Ryan, owner of Once Upon a Time Estate Sales, has been in been the business of offering estate tag sales since 1981. Through her years of experience, she has seen that making this transition can be hard for all those involved. Just like Kircher, Ryan and her staff are determined to make the process as smooth as possible for their clients. “We try to accommodate…a person who is feeling overwhelmed about the potential move,” says Ryan. Kircher adds that since this can be an exceptionally emotional time, she is careful to be respectful of the client’s feelings about the move. “There is a lot of loss and some mourning when you’re looking at giving up your home that you’ve lived in for 45 or 50 years,” she says. “You’re also mourning the fact that you can no longer live in your home…you can’t maintain it.” “There’s a lot of sentiment attached to material things,” agrees Ryan. “The idea of moving and leaving the place you called home for many years is daunting, so we try to make that transition as smoothly as possible.” Both Kircher and Ryan say that they often act as an advocate for the senior, as well as for their family, when a client has decided it’s time to move to a new residence. “When [the client] is looking for someone to work with, they’re really looking for someone to take care of all the details and someone who can do it respectfully,” says Kircher. In being the advocate for the family, both businesses can take the entire process from start to finish, leaving the family time to focus on other, more enjoyable things.

This issue we talk about staying in your home. “[My team] will work with someone in the house; or in many cases, we’re handed a key and we go through everything [in the house],” says Ryan. “We separate everything. Then we clean it, polish it, shine it, set it up on tables with velvet table clothes.” She says that they have sold everything from cars and boats to pots and pans. The usual estate sale lasts three days. “For the final product the customer gets an entire inventory, piece by piece, of everything that has [left] the house with the item priced.” She says that Once Upon a Time Estate Sales is one of only two local estate sales services that provide the customer with the original cashier’s book. “It’s fun for people to go through because they’re incredulous at what some of [the items] will bring.” For those who may have items better suited for a collection than a consignment shop, Holly Hackwith with Corporate Art Co. is a certified art appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers. She and her staff work with clients who want to find out the value of their artwork. “Often, the client will want to know what it’s worth [in terms of] the fair market value because they want to gift different pieces to grandchildren or children, and they want to be fair about it,” she explains. “In other words, they want to be equitable in dollar amounts and they don’t know what [the piece is] currently worth.” Hackwith also works with clients who are downsizing and are not sure whether to keep something, sell it, or need to have it insured. “Seniors would [also] want to have appraisal …if they want to give it as a charitable gift to an institution. I am accredited with the International Society of Appraisers to appraise anything that needs to be overseen by the IRS or for legal work.” The idea of packing up a lifetime of possessions and moving on from where memories were made can seem monumental. But when the task is put into trusted hands of experts who respect your feelings and your belongings, it becomes a little easier to bear. And while letting go of our material items can be difficult at first, thankfully, the memories are easily carried with us wherever we go.

In the next issue we’ll be talking about help with making a decision on where to live—Your Home, a Retirement Community, or Assisted Living. And More! Next Issue Out March 1st

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60PLUS feature Story by Julianne Dunn Herzog • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

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Love to Last a Lifetime


Six couples married 50+ years share their stories. t was 1961. John Kennedy was inau-

gurated President of the United States. The U.S. began military involvement in Vietnam. East Germans and Soviets built the Berlin Wall. The Bay of Pigs disaster went down in Cuba. Russian Yuri Gagarin went up in space. And the Shirelles sang “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”  Against this backdrop, nine Omaha couples—most in their early 20s or late teens— married and set out on what would be a lifelong journey to answer that lyrical question. Seven 34  60PLUS 

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marriages made it to 50 years and counting. Two marriages ended with the death of a spouse—Eileen Erman and Sherman Neff.  Judy and Shelly Brodsky moved to California. The remaining six couples are still here in Omaha, bonded not only to their life partners but also to the others who started out in married life with them. Omaha Magazine introduces these Omaha couples to you with the hope that their love stories, which have withstood the test of 50 years of marriage, will encourage and inspire you. Happy Valentine’s Day!


families have known each other for many years. When Nancy heard that Don might be asking her out, she asked her grandfather about him. He said Don was the hardestworking man in his family’s business. That sounded good to Nancy as she was brought up to work hard as well.  Each speaks respectfully about the other’s family. It meant a lot to Nancy that Don sent little gifts to her mother. Their secret to a long marriage and

friendships is to work hard, stay in touch, be patient and forgiving, and share events with family and friends. They have two children and five grandchildren. DEANNA AND LARRY GILINSKY are one of two couples with one out-of-towner. Kansas City transplant Deanna met Larry, a native Omahan, at the University of Oklahoma when both were 18. They married at 20. Larry said that they grew up together along with the other couples, all of whom Larry has known from childhood. His friends became her friends and they’ve all stayed in touch for 50 years. Their major challenge occurred when Larry was shot by a robber, whom he chased out of his jewelry business. He recovered, and is back at work today. They have two children and six grandchildren, including triplets. Their secret to longevity of marriage? Compromise and pick your battles, and celebrate one another. MIKE AND BARB PLATT also married at 20. Barb is the only one who converted to her husband’s religion prior to marriage. (All the others shared the same religion, which they said was a significant factor in the stability of their marriages.) To this day, Mike is touched by her conversion. They have five children and 13 grandchildren. Barb moved to Omaha in eighth grade, went to Central High, met Mike, and the rest is history. Mike went to nursery school, grammar school, and high school with some of the members of the group; Barb was accepted and became part of that group. Their families became friends and even now, some of their children are friendly with children of some of the other couples.   BOB AND BOBBIE EPSTEIN almost never were a couple. In high school, Bob broke his first date with Bobbie to go out with another girl. Bobbie didn’t speak to him for a year. The summer after graduation, the two both found themselves in Chicago. Bob asked Bobbie for a date and she relented.  After that, Bob never went out with another girl. Bobbie went away to Ohio State for college. Bob stayed in Omaha to work for his family’s business but went to visit Bobbie twice. At Christmas, she moved home and they married the following June 1961. Asked what has kept >>

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Active Living

Steve Hipple, 64


t 64, Steve Hipple defies his

age both in his youthful appearance and adventure-loving spirit. Hipple works out five days a week: 30 minutes of weight lifting followed by 30 minutes of aerobics. He also attends hot yoga class twice a week, sharing, “I find that yoga increases my strength, flexibility, and mobility. It also eases tension and tightness, increases my energy, and encourages an overall positive and enlightened attitude.” Hipple has a strong interest in wine and food and maintains a large cellar of the world’s finest wines. As chairman of the Festival and Events Committee for the International Wine & Food Society, he organizes wine festivals and cruises for members all around the world. Gourmet dining is one of his many interests. “I enjoy exotic foods matched perfectly with just the right wine.” The empty-nester with two children says, “My wife, Patti, and I love adventure traveling, especially by motorcycle. We have explored many parts of the world including France and Spain, and have traveled from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the tip of South America. We crashed three times, outran robbers in Panama, and suffered extortion at the hands of Mexican police. In Venezuela, we swam at the bottom the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls, slept everywhere from five-star hotels to no-star hotels, and ate everything from Argentinean beef to Guinea pig.” Seeing the world from the seat of a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, Hipple shared. “You can feel Mother Nature in all her guises: rain with slippery, muddy roads in the Amazon jungle…snow, ice, and sleet in Patagonia…and fierce winds and altitude sickness in the Andes Mountains of Peru.” Sight-seeing from a sedan is not for him. “Traveling by auto is like sitting in your 72-degree living room watching the Travel Channel in hi-definition.” Hipple’s advice for living a healthy, active, long life: “Find what you like and do it. Enjoy life by staying fit, be sociable, and follow your passions.”

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60PLUS feature Story By Jerome P. Bonnett Jr., CFP®, ChFC®

Retirement Planning To-Dos Retiring in the next 5 years? Here are 5 steps to take now.

I know a doctor who is thinking about retirement. He’s not overly concerned about his future. But his retirement is five years away. The No. 1 factor, in my opinion, affecting anyone’s retirement savings is inflation. Inflation is relatively tame at the time of this writing, but it can still be harmful—even if you plan to retire in five years. So, here’s what I suggest: 1. Don’t quit on stocks.“To achieve returns to sustain a 30-year retirement, you need to still be investing for growth,” states Money magazine in its “Retirement Guide 2013” series published last October. If stocks make you nervous, then finding a way around that concern could be difficult. According to, one-year CDs offer a 0.76% pre-tax yield. Money market accounts pay 0.49% per year. Yields on two-year U.S. Treasury bonds are even worse: 25%. (Figures through November 13, 2012.) You’d lose out to inflation if all you had in your portfolio were lowyielding investments. So, if you’re near retirement, based on your risk tolerance time horizon, I’d likely recommended a stock investment allocation of 30-40%. 2. Wait before taking Social Security. In general, most individuals should delay receiving their Social Security benefits. Money states that your payments can be 76% higher if you begin taking them at age 70 instead of at age 62. “Your payment will increase by about 6% a year for every year you delay filing before your full retirement age (between age 66 and 38  60PLUS 

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67 for most folks),” Money states. “After that, holding off earns you another 8% a year until age 70.” Of course, your decision as to when to retire is a personal one. What’s best depends on a number of factors, such as your current cash needs, your health and family longevity, whether you plan to work in retirement, whether you have other retirement income sources, your anticipated future financial needs and obligations, and, of course, the amount of your future Social Security benefit. See Publication No. 05-10147, “When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits,” at to learn more. 3. Consider taking spousal benefit Social Security income early. Assuming your spouse is 62 and has been the lower income earner, and you are 62, you could file for benefits and postpone collecting them until you turn 70. Your spouse can begin collecting 50% of your benefit right now. See “Retirement Planner: Benefits For You As A Spouse” at 4. Plan your retirement health care. If you retire before Medicare kicks in at 65, you could have a big expense ahead. “For a 62-year-old couple with one spouse in ill health,” states Money, “premiums run up to $2,300 a month on the individual market.” Ask your financial planner about bringing in a health insurance specialist, or look for an independent agent at Check with your company’s human resources department. You may be able to buy health care coverage when you retire.

Remember that long-term care insurance will run about $4,000 a year for a couple in their early 60s, states Money. But if your assets total more than $1.5 million, I say pay for your long-term care as you go. 5. Line up some income. Want to consult? Now’s the time to gather clients and stay abreast of your field. You could also buy an annuity, which is a contract between you and an insurance company that pays out income and is designed for retirement purposes. Finally, practice living within your retirement income budget today. Doing so grounds your retirement planning in reality.

Jerome “Joe” P. Bonnett, Jr., CFP®, ChFC®, is an Independent Wealth Manager and President of Bonnett Wealth Management, Omaha. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, and banking. He is a Registered Representative of Securities America, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Bonnett resides in Omaha with his wife, Susan (Engdahl), and their two children, Jake and Claire. Bonnett Wealth Management and Securities America companies are unaffiliated.

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energizes us. I’ll admit it’s a job, and that’s why I keep busy styling people. Most of us accumulate and save too much. We become overwhelmed with decision-making as we dress for everyday and for special occasions. It takes someone with an eye for cut and proportion to determine what is flattering and right for the individual. That last comment brings me to Relationships…so important in fashion, and I’ll write about them next time. WARDROBE MUST- HAVES…

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ixty may be the new 40, but the reality is at 60, NOBODY looks like they did

at 40! You can exercise for hours, spend a fortune on face creams, have this, that, and the other tucked or filled, but the reality is you end up looking great for 60 but not like you did at 40. Hair, make-up, and wardrobe all need to be addressed at 60 to make a new and fabulous you! As a fashion designer for more than 30 years, I’ve spent thousands of hours in the fitting room with clients of all ages. I’ve seen and worked around the subtle changes that creep onto all of us over the years. I like working with women over 60. I love creating and styling for the woman who understands that it’s important at all ages to look fashionable, but that age and shape need to be considered when determining what fashion trends are right after turning 60. Nothing looks worse than a 60+ woman in a dress that’s too short and too revealing, as she stomps around in shoes that are ridiculously high, rattling costume jewelry that’s “cute” rather than sophisticated. The opposite extreme that’s sad to see is a perfectly lovely 60+ woman hiding in boring, understated pieces that do not have a contemporary cut, and wearing belts, shoes, and jewelry from another time. Old clothes are especially taboo as we get older. They’re vintage and fun to 20-somethings. They just plain make a seasoned woman look even older. We all need to embrace and glorify who we are at every age. That starts with an investment in Quality. A few classic, quality pieces speak a language of style that translates to fashion when accessorized for the times. Quality makes a difference in everything, especially clothes! It speaks volumes about you as a person and makes you feel better about yourself, too. Don’t let a cheap look bring you down, and remember, quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. I believe in comfort, but clothes that are too comfortable make us lazy. Dressing up

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Classic White Shirts Great-fitting Pants Great-fitting Blue Jeans Great-fitting Black Jeans The Right Black Jacket Shell and Cardigan Sweater Sets Fashion Eyewear Statement Belts Oblong Scarves Fashion Flats Fashion Heels (within reason) Contemporary Jewelry A Lightweight High Fashion Bag Dresses, Skirts, Coats & Boots are Must-Haves, too, but not the same for all! QUALITY is a must for all!

I welcome your feedback and invite you to send questions to sixtyplus@ Mary Anne Vaccaro lives in Omaha. She designed and made couture clothing for an international clientele of professionals and socialites of all ages. She created Ready-toWear Collections that were sold from her New York showroom, and she designed for the Bridal Industry. She designed for three Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Balls and ran a fashion advertising business in five states for a number of years. Invisible Apron® is one of several products that she has designed and developed. She still designs for select clients and works as an Image Consultant, Stylist, Personal Shopper, and Speaker on the subjects of Fashion, Art, and Style. www. 402-398-1234 january/february  •  2013 

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Love to Last of a lifetime “We were in love then, and we are in love now.” ~ Bob Epstine Continued from page 35 << their marriage together, Bob said, “We were in love then, and we are in love now.” They have three children and nine grandchildren. NORMAN AND JOODI VEITZER married in February 1961. Joodi went to UNO but stayed at home after the first of their three children were born. They now have six grandchildren. Norman went to Creighton Law and practiced briefly before going to work at the family business, Omaha Bedco (made famous by actress Julia Roberts, who had a great night’s sleep at the Four Seasons Hotel and bought the mattress right off the bed.) Norman and Joodi credit the longevity of their marriage to being a part of the social group they grew up with.  No one considered divorce. Joodi says that’s because they don’t talk politics.

Continued from page 31 << result in a person living 24 hours alone with no human interaction, then he isn’t interested in the business opportunity because then he would not be providing a high quality-of-life service. Spirit Homecare is a newcomer to the Omaha home-assistance market, providing skilled hands-on care such as administering medications and treatments per doctor’s orders, as well as non-medical services via homemakers and companions, including meal preparation, transportation services, and light housekeeping. They also provide supervised hands-on assistance with personal care needs, help with prescribed exercises and medical equipment, and much more. Up to 24-hour care and live-in companion services are available as well. Spirit Homecare is part of St. Jude Healthcare, a company that provides services in Wisconsin, Nebraska, California, Arizona and Kansas. Although non-medical assistance is not reimbursable by Medicare, sometimes Medicaid and private long-term care insurance does provide reimbursement. Tom Moreland, CEO of St. Jude Healthcare, says that his company is the only one in the Midwest that provides services in a manner consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services. The above providers are but a tip of the iceberg of services, providers, and products available to assist with aging in place. It cannot be emphasized too much that if one wants a future at home, one should begin the planning as soon as possible. 40  60PLUS 

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PHYLLIS AND DICK GLAZER are the second couple to include an out-of-towner.  Dick is from Fort Dodge, Iowa.  After he and Phyllis married, they moved into the house where they live today, 51 years later.  They agree that health has been a major challenge in their family. When they learned one of their grandchildren was deaf, their initial reaction was great sorrow. But they soon turned that sadness into a project, which resulted in closed captioning at one of the RAVE movie theaters in Omaha. Phyllis says that golf, Husker football, events for children and grandchildren, and a whole lifetime of connections support their marriage. Dick has faced recent physical challenges and felt unwell the summer of their 50th anniversary year. He got himself out of bed to participate in all the activities planned to honor and celebrate their union. Dick’s closing statement was that theirs had been ‘a Good Life.’


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fresh and totally reflective of the current Omaha market. This year, there were 218 categories total to vote in, as well as a brand-new FAMILY services section. The five most popular categories? Grocery Store, Mexican Dining, Pizza, Bank, and Italian Dining (Obviously, people have strong opinions about their food!). We congratulate the businesses who received the top votes and are honored that so many winners proudly feature the Best of Omaha® Winner’s Circle logo in their storefronts, on their marketing materials and advertising, and even on employee badges and buttons! We encourage you, our readers, to continue supporting your favorite Omaha businesses, and to personally congratulate them on their Best of Omaha® status—they earned it! Now, for the 2013 Winner’s Circle list...

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801 Chophouse___________ B-22 Alpine Inn_______________ B-13 Alvarado’s_______________ B-9 Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob_B-17 Bagel Bin________________ B-6 Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano_ B-18 Big Fred’s Pizza__________ B-18 Blue Sushi_______________ B-25 BONEFISH GRILL_________ B-22 Boyd & Charlie’s BBQ______ B-6 Brazen Head_____________ B-21 brix ____________________ B-25 Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse & Winery____________ B-21 Bruegger’s Bagels_________ B-6 Buffalo Wild Wings_______ B-14 Burger Star______________ B-13 Charleston’s Restaurant___ B-22 Charlie’s on the Lake______ B-22 Cheddar’s Casual Cafe____ B-10 China Buffet______________ B-9 Clay ton Chapman, The Grey Plume_______________ B-10 Cold Stone Creamery______ B-14 Corkscrew Wine & Cheese_ B-25 CRAVE___________________ B-6 Crescent Moon___________ B-21 Cupcake Island___________ B-10 Dante Ristorante Pizzeria___ B-9 Dario’s Brassierie________ B-13 Delice Bakery__________B-10, 18 Dinker’s Bar & Grill_______ B-14 DOLCE Restaurant________ B-18 eCreamery______________ B-14 El Basha Mediterranean Grill_B-17 Famous Dave’s____________ B-6 Farmer Brown’s__________ B-21 Fernando’s____________ B-9, 17 Five Guys_______________ B-13 Fuddrucker’s____________ B-13 Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery____ B-6 Goldberg’s Bar and Grill___ B-21 Golden Palace___________ B-10 Goodnights_______________ B-9 Grandmother’s___________ B-25 Granite City Food & Brewery_B-25 Greek Island_____________ B-13 Hartland BBQ_____________ B-6 Hector’s______________ B-9 , 17 Hiro 88________________B-17, 25 Indian Oven_____________ B-14 Ingredient_______________ B-22 J. Coco_________________ B-17 Jack & Mary’s___________ B-13 Jams Grill & Bar__________ B-22 Jason’s Deli_____________ B-22 JC Mandarin_____________ B-10 Jennifer Coco, J. Coco____ B-10 Jerico’s_________________ B-21 Jim and Jennie’s Greek Village_________ B-13 Jimmy’s Egg______________ B-9 Johnny’s Cafe____________ B-21 Jones Bros. Cupcakes_____ B-10 Katie’s Greek Restaurant & Taverna__ B-13 Kobe Steak House ________ B-17 Kona Grill_____________ B-6, 25 La Buvette Wine & Grocery_ B-13 La Casa Pizzaria__________ B-18 La Mesa Mexican Restaurant_B-17 Le Peep__________________ B-9 Le Voltaire French Restaurant_____ B-13 Lisa’s Radial Cafe__________ B-9 Lithuanian Bakery________ B-18 Lo Sole Mio______________ B-14 lot 2 restaurant wine bar___ B-17 M’s Pub__________________ B-6 Mahogany Prime Steakhouse_B-22 Mai Thai________________ B-25 Mantra_________________ B-17 McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe_____ B-18 Mediterranean Bistro_____ B-17 Millard Roadhouse________ B-13 Mother India_____________ B-14 Nosh Wine Lounge________ B-25 Nothing Bundt Cakes______ B-10 Old Country Buffet_________ B-9 Olive Garden_____________ B-14 Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria______ B-6 Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille___ B-14 Panera Bread_____________ B-6 Paradise Bakery________ B-6, 22 Pasta Amore_____________ B-18 Paul Kulik, The Boiler Room______ B-10 Pepperjax Grill___________ B-22 Pettit’s Pastry___________ B-18 PF Chang’s______________ B-10 Pitch Pizzeria_____________ B-9 Red Robin_______________ B-10 Rotella’s Italian Bakery_____ B-6 Runza Restaurants______B-13, 14 Sakura Bana_____________ B-17 Shucks_________________ B-22 Sinful Burger Sports Grill__ B-13 Stella’s Bar & Grill________ B-14 Sullivan’s Steakhouse_____ B-22 Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream___ B-14 Texas Roadhouse_________ B-10 Thai Pepper_____________ B-25 Thai Spice_______________ B-25 The Cake Gallery_________ B-10


The Flatiron Cafe_________ B-21 The Grey Plume__________ B-18 The Jaipur Brewing Company_____ B-14 Upstream Brewing Company______ B-6 V. Mertz________________ B-21 Valentino’s_______________ B-9 Varsity Sports Cafe & Roman Coin Pizza____ B-13 Vincenzo’s______________ B-14 Vivace__________________ B-18 Wheatfields___________B-10, 25 Wingstop_______________ B-14 Zio’s Pizzeria____________ B-18

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Accelerate Omaha________ B-31 Amazing Pizza Machine___ B-27 Arbor Family Counseling___ B-28 Bellevue Junior Sports Association____ B-31 BounceU________________ B-27 Boys Town Family Therapy_ B-28 Boys Town Pediatrics_____ B-28 Children’s Physicians_____ B-28 Classic Dentistry, P.C, Joseph L. Skradski, DDS________ B-27 Dietze Music____________ B-28 DiVentures______________ B-31 Eagle Run_______________ B-27 Elite Cheer______________ B-27 Family Fun Center XL______ B-28 Fun-Plex________________ B-27 Heartland Family Service__ B-28 Hummel Park Nature Center________ B-28 Imagine and Explore Preschool____________ B-31 Jewish Community Center_ B-31 Kid’s Body Shop__________ B-31 Millard Athletic Association________B-27, 31 Montessori Educational Centers Inc.__________ B-31 Nebraska Dance_________ B-27 Omaha Children’s Museum_ B-27 Omaha FC_______________ B-31 Omaha Sports Academy_ B-27, 31 Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium_______ B-27 Premier Gymnastics ______ B-28 Russo’s Guitar & Drum Center________ B-28 Schmitt Music___________ B-28 Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment______ B-28 Skatedaze____________ B-27, 28 Swimtastic Swim School__ B-31 Sylvan Learning Center____ B-31 The Dentists at Hillsborough_______ B-27 The Gingerbread House Preschool______ B-31 The Volleyball Academy___ B-31 Today’s Dental___________ B-27 UNO Summer Camps______ B-28 Village Pointe Pediatrics___ B-28 YMCA of Greater Omaha__ B-28, 31

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Aksarben Cinema_________ B-37 Big Brain Tattoo__________ B-42 Black Squirrel____________ B-42 Blatt Beer & Table________ B-38 Blue Sushi_______________ B-37 Brewsky’s Food & Spirits__ B-42 Caffeine Dreams_________ B-33 Charlie’s on the Lake____B-37, 41 Clancy’s Pub & Pizza______ B-33 Crane Coffee____________ B-33 CRAVE__________________ B-34 Creighton Bluejays_______ B-38 Crescent Moon___________ B-41 Cupcake Island___________ B-33 Danny’s Bar & Grill________ B-33 Dave and Buster’s________ B-33 Dinker’s Bar & Grill____ B-33, 38 DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar____ B-42 Dundee Dell_____________ B-38 Elmwood Municipal Golf Course__ B-41 Fernando’s______________ B-37 Green Onion Lounge______ B-33 Havana Garage___________ B-33 Hiro 88__________________ B-34 Homy Inn________________ B-38 Indian Creek_____________ B-41 Jake’s Cigars & Spirits____ B-33 Jones Bros. Cupcakes_____ B-33 Juice Stop______________ B-42 Kona Grill_______________ B-34 Krug Park_______________ B-38 La Festa Italiana_________ B-34 Legends Patio Grill and Bar__________ B-42 Liquid Courage Tattoo & Piercing _____ B-42 LIV Lounge______________ B-33 Mad Cow Paintball________ B-41 Marcus Midtown Cinema__ B-37 Maria’s Mexican Restaurant___ B-37 Marks Bistro_____________ B-41 Myth___________________ B-37 Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Sand in the City_______ B-38 Nickleby’s_______________ B-33 Old Chicago_____________ B-41 Omaha Corporate Cup_____ B-38 Omaha Lancers__________ B-38 Omaha Storm Chasers_____ B-38 Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium_______ B-33 Orange Leaf_____________ B-34 OZone__________________ B-34 Pacific Springs___________ B-41 Rave___________________ B-37 Red Mango___________ B-34, 42 Rick’s Cafe Boatyard______ B-41 Roja____________________ B-37 Scooter’s Coffee______ B-33, 42 Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment______ B-33 Slowdown_______________ B-34 Summer Arts Festival_____ B-34 Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure______ B-38 Taste of Omaha__________ B-34 The Beercade____________ B-38 The Cake Gallery_________ B-33 The Interlude Lounge_____ B-33 The Waiting Room Lounge_ B-34 Upstream Brewing Company___B-37, 41 Yo Zone_________________ B-34 health & beauty, 44 Aesthetic Surgical Images_ B-45 Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center_______________ B-54 American Nails & Spa_____ B-50 Ashley Lynn’s Tanning_____ B-54 Authentic Brazilian Wax by Vanella____________ B-56 Beauty First_____________ B-45 Black Clover Fitness______ B-53 Blue Moon Fitness________ B-49 Body Basics Fitness Equipment_____ B-49 Body Masters____________ B-53 Brookestone Meadows____ B-54 Christi Clark_____________ B-49 Christopher A. Stanosheck, DDS, PC_____________ B-45 Clear Choice Orthodontics_ B-53 Community Rehab Physical Therapy______ B-54 Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa_________________ B-50 CrossFit Omaha__________ B-46 David Finkle, MD, Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center_______ B-46 Dr. Steven Wegner________ B-45 Edgeworthy a Fringes Salon_______ B-49 Elsasser Chiropractic_____ B-45 Endless Possibilities Training System_______ B-53 Eric Burden/ Bungalow Eight_______ B-49 Faces___________________ B-46 Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping______ B-46, 56 Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center_______ B-45 Garbo’s Salon & Spa______ B-50 Gloss Salon & Day Spa____ B-46 Heather Smalley__________ B-49 Huerter Orthodontics_____ B-53 Igel Orthodontics_________ B-53 Jane’s Health Market & Deli___ B-53 Joel Schlessinger, M.D., Skin Specialists, P.C._______ B-46 John Edney, MD, Aesthetic Surgical Images______________ B-46 Kimberly Spa____________ B-56 Koca Chiropractic Clinic___ B-45 Kosama______________ B-46, 56 Legacy Nails_____________ B-50 Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More_________ B-54 LIFETIME____________ B-49, 56 Lotus House of Yoga______ B-56 LovelySkin Spa/ LovelySkin Express____ B-46 Makovicka Physical Therapy_____________ B-54 Marty Matz, DDS_________ B-45 Massage Envy___________ B-50 MASSAGE HEIGHTS______ B-50 Mattie Knihal at Gloss Salon & Day Spa_________________ B-49 Mid-America Martial Arts_ B-50 Midwest Eye Care________ B-53 Millard Family Eyecare____ B-53 Mohegan Nail Spa________ B-50 No Name Nutrition________ B-53 Omaha Blue Waves Martial Arts & Fitness____________ B-50 Omaha Hyp Yoga Studio___ B-56 Omaha Primary Eyecare___ B-53 Omaha School of Massage and HealthCare_______ B-50 One Pilates______________ B-54 One Tree Yoga___________ B-56 Orthodontist_____________ B-53 Pearson Chiropractic_____ B-45 Physician’s Weight Loss Center__________ B-56 Pilates Center of Omaha___ B-54

Popp Cosmetic Surgery P.C.__________ B-45 Prairie Life Fitness_____ B-49, 56 ProCare 3 Physical Therapy______ B-54 Robert Fonda, MD________ B-46 San-Mai Martial Arts_____ B-50 Shine Spray Tanning______ B-54 Suzanne Braddock, MD____ B-46 TCM Acupunture Clinic____ B-45 The Fast Diet____________ B-56 The Vitamin Shoppe_______ B-53 Thirteen Moons Acupuncture_________ B-45 Thomas Sena, T’eez-A Thomas Sena Salon____ B-49 Troy Davis, Edgeworthy a Fringes Salon_______________ B-49 Turning Heads___________ B-50 Wax On_________________ B-56 West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic__ B-45

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A Well-Dressed Window___ B-73 A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical_______ B-65 Accent Landscape Lighting____ B-69 Acreage Fences__________ B-62 Affordable Closets________ B-61 aksarben ARS Heating AC__ B-65 Al Belt Custom Homes_____ B-61 Ambiance Window Coverings____ B-73 AmeriSpec Inspection Services___ B-66 Apex Cabinets___________ B-61 Backlund Plumbing_______ B-70 Brase Electrical__________ B-61 Brau Builders____________ B-66 Budget Blinds____________ B-73 Builder’s Supply Company_ B-58 Burton AC, Heating, Plumbing and More____ B-70 Carson Enterprises_______ B-69 CertaPro Painters________ B-70 Charleston Homes________ B-66 Chem-Dry of Omaha_______ B-58 Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces_____B-58, 61, 69 Curt Hofer Construction___ B-61 Custom Electronics_______ B-65 Echo Lighting____________ B-70 Elkhorn Glass____________ B-73 Eurowood Custom Cabinets, Inc._________ B-61 Faucet Shop_____________ B-69 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery_____ B-69 Garage Floor Coating of Nebraska___ B-62 Gerst Painting, Inc._______ B-70 Granite Transformations___ B-58 Handyman Joe’s__________ B-65 Harrison Hills____________ B-58 Heartland Lawns_________ B-70 Heating & Air____________ B-65 Home Audio & Video______ B-65 Hometown Roofing Inc.____ B-73 In the Garage____________ B-62 Indian Creek Nursery______ B-65 Interior Glass, Mirrors & Shower Doors______ B-73 Interiors Joan and Associates_______ B-66 J&J Painting & Remodeling________ B-70 Jay Moore Landscaping___ B-65 Kelly’s Carpet____________ B-62 Kitchens & Baths by Briggs____________ B-69 Kitchens by Design_______ B-69 Landscape Illuminations___ B-69 Lanoha Nurseries________ B-69 Lifetime Stone Restoration_____ B-65 Lighting World, Inc._______ B-70 Lori Anderson____________ B-69 Lowe’s__________________ B-58 Luster Stone_____________ B-61 Maids & More ___________ B-66 Marco Closets & Storage Solutions___ B-61 Marilyn S. Hansen________ B-69 McKay Landscape Lighting, Inc._________ B-69 Midtown Crossing________ B-58 Midtown Crossing Apartments__________ B-58 Millard Lumber___________ B-58 Millard Sprinkler_________ B-70 Miller Electric____________ B-61 Molly Maids_____________ B-66 Moore’s Concrete Construction,Inc._____ B-61 Mr. Handyman___________ B-65 Mulhall’s________________ B-69 Nature’s Helper, Inc.______ B-70 Nebraska Furniture Mart_B -62, 65 Norm’s Door Service______ B-62 Odermatt Floor Covering___ B-62 Omaha Door & Window_ B-62, 73 Omaha Electric___________ B-61 Omaha Epoxy____________ B-62 Omarail Railing & Fences__ B-62 Overhead Door Co. of Omaha_________ B-62 Pella Windows & Doors____ B-73

Pohlad Custom Homes, Inc.__________ Premier Countertops______ Pyramid Roofing__________ Quality Glass____________ Quality Irrigation_________ R.D. Schuller Construction_________ Regency Homes__________ Renewal by Andersen_____ Robert’s Nursery_________ S&W Fence_____________ Schroder Concrete_______ ServiceOne______________ Sound Environment_______ Stanley Steemer_________ Steamatic of Omaha______ Storage Concepts________ Superior Spa & Pool_______ Susan McMannama Interiors_____________ T. Hurt Construction______ The Biltmore Apartments__ The Designers___________ The Grout Doctor_________ The Grout Medic_________ The Interior Design Firm___ The Light Palace_________ The Maids_______________ Thermal Services_________ TruGreen________________ Turf Care Inc.____________ Valley Boys Roofing_______ Vantage Design & Construction_______ Ward’s Kitchens & Baths__

B-61 B-58 B-73 B-73 B-70 B-66 B-66 B-73 B-65 B-62 B-61 B-70 B-65 B-58 B-58 B-61 B-70 B-69 B-66 B-58 B-66 B-65 B-65 B-66 B-70 B-66 B-65 B-70 B-70 B-73 B-66 B-69

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14 Karat_________________ B-76 Anderson O’Brien Fine Art______________ B-75 Back in the Day___________ B-75 beyourself______________ B-80 Big Dog’s Beverage_______ B-75 Big Wheels & Butterflies__ B-75 Bliss Boutique___________ B-80 Borsheims______________ B-76 Brass Armadillo__________ B-75 brix ____________________ B-80 Brodkey’s_______________ B-76 Bucky’s_________________ B-75 Corkscrew Wine & Cheese_ B-80 CVS/pharmacy___________ B-80 Dundee Gallery___________ B-75 Goodwill________________ B-80 House of J Home Accessories & Gifts___ B-76 Hy-Vee______________ B-75, 76 Jerry Ryan______________ B-79 Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique______ B-80 Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare__________ B-80 Kwik Shop_______________ B-75 Lewis Art Gallery_________ B-75 Lindley Clothing Co._______ B-79 Long Dog Fat Cat_________ B-79 Nebraska Furniture Mart__ B-76 New Life Thrift___________ B-80 Nouvelle Eve____________ B-79 Papillion Flower Patch_____ B-76 Parsow’s Fine Clothing & Sportswear________ B-79 Pearson & Company______ B-76 Piccolo’s________________ B-76 Plato’s Closet____________ B-75 QuikTrip________________ B-75 Scout: Dry Goods & Trade__ B-75 Second Chance Antiques & Collectibles________ B-75 Sol’s Jewelry and Loan____ B-79 Spirit World_____________ B-75 Taylor’s Flower Shop______ B-76 The Green Spot__________ B-79 Three Dog Bakery________ B-79 Thrift World_____________ B-80 Voila! Blooms and Decor in Dundee______ B-76 Walgreen’s______________ B-80 WineStyles______________ B-80

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Alegent Creighton Health__ B-85 Alegent Creighton Health at Home_______ B-86 American National Bank___ B-82 Arnold Clark Photography__ B-89 Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare___________ B-89 Best Care Pet Hospital West________ B-90 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska__________ B-86 Camp Bow Wow__________ B-89 Catering Creations________ B-82 Centris Federal Credit Union__________ B-82 Comfort Keepers_________ B-86 Cottonwood Pet Resort____ B-89 Cox Communications______ B-86 DC Centre_______________ B-90 DIT Computers___________ B-82 Dogtopia_____________ B-85, 89 Eddie’s Catering__________ B-82 Elk Ridge Village on the Lake Active Retirement Community___________ B-90 Elk Ridge Village on the

Lake Assisted Living___ B-82 Elkhorn Computer Sales & Service_______ B-82 Enfield’s Tree Service Inc._ B-90 Fashion Cleaners_________ B-85 Feltz WealthPlan_________ B-85 First Mortage Co._________ B-86 First National Bank of Omaha_________ B-82, 86 Flat Rate Movers_________ B-86 Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals______ B-90 Gentleman’s Choice_______ B-90 Heafey Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries & Crematory__________ B-85 Hillcrest Mable Rose______ B-82 Indian Creek_____________ B-90 Jeff Rensch, NP Dodge____ B-89 Jim’s Moving & Delivery Co.________ B-86 John A. Gentleman Mortuaries___________ B-85 John Benker_____________ B-82 Karen Jennings CBSHome____________ B-89 Lakeside Village__________ B-90 Laurie and Charles Photographs_________ B-89 Lauritzen Gardens________ B-90 Lien Termite & Pest Control________ B-89 Lisa Ritter RE/MAX Results______ B-89 Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd._________ B-85 Max I. Walker____________ B-85 Mervin Reese Photography_________ B-89 Mr. Tuxedo______________ B-90 Mutual 1st Federal________ B-82 Mutual of Omaha_________ B-86 NuTrend Dry Cleaners_____ B-85 Omaha Tree_____________ B-90 Pawsitively Treasured_____ B-89 PayPal__________________ B-85 Physicians Mutual________ B-86 Pinnacle Bank___________ B-82 Ralston Veterinary Clinic__ B-90 Roeder Mortuary_________ B-85 SAC Federal Credit Union__ B-82 Schrock Innovations______ B-82 Skyline Retirement Community___________ B-90 Susie’s Professional Pet Grooming_________ B-89 Tagge Rutherford Financial Group_______ B-85 Terry Hughes Tree Service_________ B-90 Tip Top Tux______________ B-90 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK________ B-86 Union Pacific Railroad_____ B-85 Visiting Nurse Association__________ B-86 Wells Fargo_____________ B-86 Westgate Assisted Living__ B-82



AAA Travel______________ B-96 Apache Camper Center____ B-96 Atchley Ford_____________ B-96 B Street Collision Center___ B-93 Beaver Lake Marina_______ B-93 BMW Motorcycles of Omaha____________ B-96 Brakes Plus_____________ B-94 Centris Federal Credit Union__________ B-93 Dave’s Auto Body Co._____ B-93 Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson______ B-96 Dingman’s Collision Center_______ B-93 Dolphin’s Touchless Car Wash____________ B-94 Exclusive Repair Specializing in Honda and Acura______ B-94 Fantasy’s Inc.____________ B-94 First National Bank of Omaha____________ B-93 Galvin Glass_____________ B-93 Grease Monkey__________ B-96 Holstein’s Harley-Davidson______ B-96 House of Mufflers & Brakes_____________ B-94 Jensen Tire & Auto____ B-94, 96 Jiffy Lube_______________ B-96 Lexus of Omaha__________ B-96 Metro Glass_____________ B-93 Midas__________________ B-94 Midwest Tire Co., Inc._____ B-94 Omaha Marine Center_____ B-93 Russell Speeder’s Car Wash____________ B-94 SAC Federal Credit Union__ B-93 Safelite Auto Glass_______ B-93 Stereo West Auto Toys____ B-94 Superior Honda__________ B-96 The Bike Rack____________ B-93 The Performance Group___ B-96 Travel and Transport______ B-96 Vacation Superstore______ B-96 Valley Marine____________ B-93 Walker Tire & Auto Service_______ B-94 Woodhouse Auto Family___ B-96


Omaha’s Best Dining

Clayton Chapman, Chef/Owner

The Grey Plume


of Omaha® contest because it gives Omahans the opportunity to speak their opinion and vote for their  favorite places.   We love being in Omaha and greatly appreciate the ongoing support Omaha provides our restaurant. It’s so rewarding to know that the hard work our staff puts into The Grey Plume is recognized by those we value most. Thank you, Omaha!

e value the Best

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 


Appetizers Kona Grill CRAVE 402-345-9999

M’s Pub Bagels Bruegger’s Bagels Panera Bread Bagel Bin Bakery Rotella’s Italian Bakery 402-592-6600

Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria 402-345-3438

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery 402-553-6774

Barbecue Famous Dave’s 4 Metro Locations Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Eagle Run, Millard

Boyd & Charlie’s BBQ 402-289-4772

Hartland BBQ Bowl of Soup Upstream Brewing Company 11 & Jackson/171st & West Center

Panera Bread Paradise Bakery

Since 1921

In Regency & Village Pointe B-6 

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA


Thank You Omaha! Exclusive Repair continues t o g row d u e t o o u r c u s t o m e r re fe r ra l s . We s i n c e re l y t h a n k y o u fo r re c o m m e n d i n g u s !

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Sp e c ializ ing in H on da & Acura repai r for over 3 0 year s.

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january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Breakfast Le Peep 402-408-1728

Jimmy’s Egg Lisa’s Radial Cafe Brick Oven Pizza Pitch Pizzeria 402-590-2625

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria Goodnights

Pitch Pizzeria I believe we won the ‘Best Brick Oven Pizza’ because as always, we have Quality, Flavor, and Value…Pair that with an awesome staff and we have a concept with a purpose! Who doesn’t love Pitch?

Thanks for Voting

Wil y Theisen, Owner Buffet

#1 Breakfast 5 Years in a Row!

China Buffet Valentino’s Old Country Buffet Burrito Hector’s Alvarado’s Fernando’s 402-399-8006

177th & Center • 934-9914 | 156th & Dodge • 408-1728 | 120th & Blondo • 991-8222 Drive-Thru Open (Center St. Only) • Open Daily 6:30am-2:00pm

Serving Breakfast & Lunch All Day! 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 


Our Smoker to You-Guaranteed!

Cakes The Cake Gallery Nothing Bundt Cakes

Catering Available 2706 N. Main St Elkhorn, NE 68022 402-289-4772

Cupcake Island 402-334-6800

Chef Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume Jennifer Coco, J. Coco 402-884-2626

Paul Kulik, The Boiler Room

Chinese Dining PF Chang’s JC Mandarin Golden Palace Desserts Wheatfields Delice Bakery Jones Bros. Cupcakes 402-884-CAKE

Family Restaurant Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

Voted best brunch and best desserts

Texas Roadhouse Red Robin


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA


photos: J Michael McBride


Landscape Design & Build


402.551.3654 | 4 Blocks North of 150th & Fort

Trees | Shrubs | Perennials | Garden Center | Lawn Care 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february  Design/Consultation | Landscaping | Bulk Materials


awarded 2007 nebraska arborist of the year

Professional Tree Removal Trimming • Shaping • Pruning Stump Grinding

Premium Quality Mulch Products Local • Fresh • Clean • Consistent Natural & Colorized Pick-up & Delivery

For the HEALTH, BEAUTY & SAFETY of your trees


3606 McKinley St | Omaha, NE 68112 Free Estimates

certified arborist • 1st class license • fully insured


OMAHA’S BEST HAVANA GAR AGE CIGAR LOUNGE Birthplace of the signature Havana Garage Cocktail. If James Joyce and Che Guevara fixed a drink for Ernest Hemingway, this would be it. 1008 Howard Street / The Old Market / Omaha /


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2201 N 90th St | Omaha,NE

French Dining Le Voltaire French Restaurant Dario’s Brassierie La Buvette Wine & Grocery

French Fries Runza Restaurants “Runza. The Difference is Real” ®

Five Guys Varsity Sports Cafe & Roman Coin Pizza

Fried Chicken Millard Roadhouse 402-891-9292

Jack & Mary’s Alpine Inn

Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Resturant!


The Best Chicken In Town Since 1997" 13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292

Gourmet Hamburger Fuddrucker’s

Always a Large Selection of Fresh Fish

70th & Dodge/ 156th & Maple

Burger Star Hand Pattied Angus Beef SE Coner of 72nd & Pacific

4150 south 144th street • omaha • 894-9411

Sinful Burger Sports Grill Greek Dining Greek Island



Jim and Jennie’s Greek Village

Rock-n-Roll Bistro

Katie’s Greek Restaurant & Taverna 402-558-5623

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 


Thanks to our customers for voting us the “Best Burger in Omaha”

Hamburger Stella’s Bar & Grill 109 Galvin Rd 402-291-6088

Dinker’s Bar & Grill Runza Restaurants “Runza. The Difference is Real” ®

Hot Wings Buffalo Wild Wings Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille Wingstop Ice Cream Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream 402-341-5827 Friend us on Facebook!

Stella’s Bar and Grill

“Serving World Famous Hamburgers since 1936” 106 Galvin Rd • Bellevue, NE • 402-291-6088 • Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

eCreamery Cold Stone Creamery

omaha’s original steakhouse

• Proudly serving visitor & locals for 90 years. • Less than 10 minutes from Downtown. • Featured in Midwest Living Best of the Midwest 2011. • Serving hand cut steaks, aged on premise and slow roasted prime rib with pride. 402-731-4774 27th & ‘L’ St., Kennedy Frwy, ‘L’ St. Exit 8 Minutes from Downtown Omaha.

Best Of Omaha 7Years Running

Where good food and good service never go out of style.

Indian Dining The Jaipur Brewing Company Mother India Indian Oven Italian Dining Lo Sole Mio 402-345-5656

PREMIUM HOMEMADE ICE CREAM For over 25 year’s we’ve been using only the highest quality ingredients in our premium ice cream. Each artisan batch is crafted the old fashioned way with rock salt and ice.

Olive Garden Find Us On Facebook

The Old Market • 1120 Jackson Street • (402) 341-5827 • B-14 

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2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 




With the most delectable contemporary american cuisine in the Old Market, V.Mertz has something for everyone.

Simply The Best! Burgers, Beers & Bloody Mary’s $35, Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, Tues. - Fri. Artisan Cheese • Award Winning Wine List

402.333.1086 2936 S. 132nd St. Bakers Square Omaha, NE


402.393.5000 1001 N 102nd Street Omaha, NE 68114

Old Market Passageway • 1022 Howard St. Reservations Recommended Call 402.345.8980 Reservations Online executive chef Jon Seymour sous chef Jacob Newton sommeliers David Eckler, Chris Walter proprietor David Hayes general manager/wine director Matthew Brown

Thank You Omaha! For voting Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille Best Hot Wings!


Come to West Omaha’s Home of Charbuff Wings!

The Difference is

REAL Fruit 3 Locations in Omaha th

3693 N 129 Street 2506 S 171st Court 2119 S 67th Street B-16 

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For a complimentary consultation, please call 402.390.0100 or visit us at

Online at Carry-Out


17330 Lakeside Hills Plaza Omaha, Nebraska

Japanese Dining Kobe Steak House Hiro 88

Celebrating 25 Years!

Sakura Bana 7425 W Dodge Rd 402-391-5047

Come in for a taste of one of our amazing specials! 402.391.5047


7425 Dodge St. | Omaha |

Mediterranean Bistro El Basha Mediterranean Grill Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob

Stephanie & Jim Lovely


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Same day and weekend availability

Nicholas Huff, Sales & Marketing Manager Mexican La Mesa Mexican Restaurant 5 Metro Locations

Hector’s Fernando’s 402-330-5707

New Restaurant in 2012 J. Coco 402-884-2626

lot 2 restaurant wine bar Mantra

@lamesaomaha /LaMesaMexicanRestaurant BELLEVUE FT. CROOK RD & 370 733-8754

OMAHA 110TH & MAPLE 496-1101

OMAHA 156TH & Q 763-2555



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Organic Dining The Grey Plume McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe DOLCE Restaurant 402-964-2212

Thanks for voting us #1!

502 N 16th St • Omaha, NE 15615 Pacific St • Omaha, NE 402.345.1111 402.452.3025


7830 S 123rd Plz • Omaha, NE • 402.345.1111 WWW.PETITSPASTRY.COM

Pasta Amore 11027 Prairie Brook Rd 402-391-2585

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Vivace Our Lawn Care Results Are


Thank You For Your Vote!

We make every burger with pride because you deserve nothing but the best. 402.933.8727 | 4005 Twin Creek Dr. Bellevue, NE

10722 Sapp Brothers Dr. 402.895.6004



Pastry Pettit’s Pastry • 402-345-1111 3 Locations

Delice Bakery Lithuanian Bakery Pizza Zio’s Pizzeria 3 Area Locations

La Casa Pizzaria

Thank You for Voting Us Best of Omaha!

Thank You



Big Fred’s Pizza

4 0 2 . 8 8 4 . 2 6 2 6 | 5 2 0 3 Le a ve n w o r t h S t re e t

5402 NW Radial Hwy • Omaha • 402-397.5765


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Thank you Omaha for voting Runza the #1 Best French Fries! ®

22 Metro Locations Runza® is a registered trademark of Runza® National, Inc.

Thank you Omaha for voting Runza the #3 Best Hamburger! ®

22 Metro Locations Runza® is a registered trademark of Runza® National, Inc.


Now shipping our Best of Omaha pizzas nationwide!


402.391.JEFF TODAY for a successful conclusion to your real estate needs! GO TO for the Metro’s Best Real Estate Website.

45th & Leavenworth • 402-556-6464 CLOSED MONDAY

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120th & Pacific • 402-932-5577

1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376 168th & Center (S.W. Corner) 402-763-1860 1911 Leavenworth St. • 402-614-5544


1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376


Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha 4 years! 1263 S. 120th St. | Omaha, NE 68144 (402)334-8888

Celebrating 30 years! B-20 

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Prime Rib Jerico’s Johnny’s Cafe 402-731-4774

Farmer Brown’s Reuben Sandwich Crescent Moon Goldberg’s Bar and Grill Brazen Head

Pasta Amore We love our customers and would not be where we are today without their loyalty. Winning ‘Best Pasta’ category is just part of what we bring to the table and I know our customers agree. Thank you, all!

Leo & Pat Fascianella, Owners

Romantic Restaurant V. Mertz 402-345-8980

Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse & Winery The Flatiron Cafe

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Thank You for Voting Ingredient Best Salad!

Salad Jams Grill & Bar 402-399-8300

Charleston’s Restaurant Ingredient 402-932-2544

Sandwiches Pepperjax Grill Jason’s Deli Paradise Bakery

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Two Locations Midtown Regency (behind Trader Joe’s) 3201 Farnam Street 402-715-4444

10317 Pacific Street 402-932-2544 Seafood Shucks


We pride ourselves on our thorough, up-to-date eyecare, quality products, and friendly service. Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha® for 10 years! 12660 Q Street • 402-896-3300 B-22 

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BONEFISH GRILL Charlie’s on the Lake 402-894-9411

Steakhouse Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 402-445-4380

801 Chophouse 402-341-1222

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 402-342-0077

A Simple “Thanks, Omaha!” Says it Best Because keeping it simple is one of the things we do best. And that’s just one of the reasons 97% of customers are satisfied with us.* Voted into the “Best of Omaha® Winners’ Circle” for the 6th year.

Omaha Sales Office: 402-391-9061 Customer Service: 1-800-228-9100 health life retirement

*Physicians Mutual® Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2010, conducted by Wiese Research Associates.



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Audio Video, Home Theaters Home Automation Control Systems Design and Installation.

We’ve been doing high performance systems in the metro and elsewhere since 1967



H Thank you for voting us “Best of Omaha” in Windows, Doors and Garage Doors for 6 years in a row!


402.733.6440 /omahadoor /omahadoor

7511 Pacific • 402.397.4434

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 



7222 South 142nd St. | 402.330.1680 | Mon-Fri: 9 to 5 Sat: 9 to 1

Thank You Omaha!

for Voting Us Best Residential Roofing

THANKS OMAHA for Voting Sempeck’s Best Family Entertainment & Laser Tag for 2013!

Hometown Roofing Inc. Serving Omaha, Council Bluffs & Surrounding Areas For Over 45 Years

Residential Roofing & Repair

402.896.3639 The Pink Panther™ & ©1964-2013 Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

402.391.3842 Rockbrook Village 11021 Elm St. Omaha, NE 68144


20902 Cumberland Road | Elkhorn, NE 68022


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Home Theater & Music Systems We incorporate new technology in easy to use ways.

Call us for a free consultation!

Sunday Brunch Granite City Food & Brewery 1001 N. 102nd St 402-393-5000

Family Owned & Operated Authentic Italian Cuisine Party Rooms Available Carry Out Available

Serving Lunch & Dinner


Wheatfields Grandmother’s Sushi Blue Sushi

3001 S. 32nd Ave • Omaha, NE 402-345-5656

Hiro 88

Fresh • Local • Flavor

Kona Grill

Norm’s Door Service

7814 Dodge St. 402.399.8300 •

I give the credit to my dedicated team of employees for the honor of being voted one of Omaha’s Best Of!

Thanks Omaha for voting Best of Omaha!

Ruth Smith, President Extra Tender Loving Care 38 years experience 24 years at the same location

May 31 - June 2, 2013

Thai Dining Thai Spice Thai Pepper Mai Thai

Produced by: Mid-America Expositions 402.346.8003

Thanks for Voting us Best Sandwich!

Wine Bar brix Corkscrew Wine & Cheese Nosh Wine Lounge 402-614-2121

OLD MARKET - 13th & Howard 8 Omaha Area Locations 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 



Omaha’s Best Family

Dennis E. Pate, Executive Director/CEO

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium


to receive the awards for ‘Best Family Entertainment’ and ‘Best Children’s Attraction’ from Omaha Magazine. Our visitors have voted in the magazine and voted with their feet, setting new attendance records for the year. In addition to our animals and exhibits, Omahans treasure the zoo because it brings their families together in a fun, educational experience that is never the same.


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Baseball Sports Club


Millard Athletic Association


Basketball Sports Club Omaha Sports Academy Cheerleading Club Elite Cheer 402-537-0855

Child Party Provider Amazing Pizza Machine BounceU All staff have been credentialed through a rigorous process under the USASF (United States All-Star Federation) and are current members of this safety organization.

Skatedaze Children’s Attraction

402.537.0855 2410 South 140th Circle | Omaha, NE

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

[two blocks north of Oakview Mall/across the street from Dolphins Carwash]

Omaha Children’s Museum

Your Kids Will Have a Blast at SkateDaze!!!

Fun-Plex Children’s Golf League Eagle Run

Dance Studio Nebraska Dance


Thanks for Voting Us

Best of Omaha


Family Dentist The Dentists at Hillsborough 402-445-4647

Today’s Dental 402-403-5735

84th and 1st St, Downtown Papillion 402-331-9136

Classic Dentistry, P.C, Joseph L. Skradski, DDS 402-334-4422 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february 


GOLDEN PALACE Thank You for Voting Us Best Of Omaha !

Family Therapy Arbor Family Counseling Boys Town Family Therapy Heartland Family Service




402.493.277 | 4040 N 132nd St | Omaha NE | 68164 SUN-THURS:11AM TO 9PM | FRI-SAT: 11AM TO 9:30PM

Kids’ Summer Camp YMCA of Greater Omaha

50% OFF any 16 session pilates equipment package or $100 off unlimited floor classes New clients only.

Hummel Park Nature Center 402-444-5900

UNO Summer Camps

PILATES EQUIPMENT & MAT, YOGA, TAI CHI, 402.502.9772 | BELLY DANCE, POLE, BARRE, ZUMBA AND MORE! 168th & Center, in The Shops of Legacy

Nebraska’s BEST Full service boat Dealer!

Laser Tag Family Fun Center XL 402-554-1925

Skatedaze Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment Voted Best of Omaha® and One of the Top 100 Boat Dealers in the USA 8 years in a row! 96th & L st. • 402.339.9600 • www.OmahamarineCenter.COm

Music Lessons Dietze Music

“WE PAD THE FURNITURE NOT THE PRICE!” Quality Moving Professionals

Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha 2006-2013 • Household & Office Moving • Packing Service • Assisted Living • Pianos • Gun Safes • Moving Statewide In Iowa & Nebraska M#14114 U S DOT 732686

Omaha • 402-291-2490


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Serving the Metro Area For Over 45 Years

Free Estimates Competitive Rates Insured Licensed

Russo’s Guitar & Drum Center Schmitt Music Pediatrician Boys Town Pediatrics Children’s Physicians Village Pointe Pediatrics

Thank You for Voting our Team “Best of Omaha”!

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Helping Omaha Smile for Over 30 Years

14406 Harrison St. • Omaha, NE 68138 • 402.403.5735 • 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february



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15504 Spaulding Plz • 402-496-4005

Quality Closet and storage solutions in omaha ne Thank you for VoTinG uS BeST of omaha!

185th & West Maple 72nd & Mercy 39th & Harney 126th & Pacific

Call for a tour! 402-393-1311 B-30 

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You’ll be pleased with the reasonable cost of built-in custom closets designed by Marco Custom Closets of Omaha. Best of all, there’s free measuring, free planning, free design work. Visit our showroom and factory located in Papillion and see for yourself the absolute quality of the materials and design choices offered by Marco Closets of Omaha.

402-778-5818 marCoClosets.Com

Big & Li’l Diggers Li’l Diggers Leagues Lessons Camps

Preschool Montessori Educational Centers Inc. 402-393-1311

Imagine and Explore Preschool The Gingerbread House Preschool 402-330-3497

Soccer Sports Club Omaha FC Sports Camp Omaha Sports Academy Jewish Community Center Accelerate Omaha Student Tutoring Sylvan Learning Center Swim Lessons DiVentures 402-933-6251

Swimtastic Swim School Kid’s Body Shop Volleyball Sports Club The Volleyball Academy 402-213-4644

Youth Athletic Organization

Introducing your child, the swimmer. At DiVentures we rely on a proven curriculum, certified swim teachers and small class sizes to help your child become a true swimmer. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends year-round. Already have a proficient swimmer? We offer a variety of water safety and scuba training courses just for kids. Stop by, call or visit us online for more information.

YMCA of Greater Omaha

Millard Athletic Association

Scuba and Swim Centers

Bellevue Junior Sports Association

120th & I


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Omaha’s Best Fun

Bill Jones, Owner

Jones Bros. Cupcakes


inning the ‘Best Cupcakes’

award from the public in Best of Omaha ® is a real honor – it lets us know we’re doing something right. And it gives people who haven’t tried us yet a reason to.


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Bar Food Dinker’s Bar & Grill

Thanks Omaha for voting us Best Cocktail Lounge Again!

Clancy’s Pub & Pizza Danny’s Bar & Grill

Cigar Bar Havana Garage 402-614-3800

Jake’s Cigars & Spirits Nickleby’s

Cocktail Lounge LIV Lounge

Cocktails • Wine • Beer • Private Parties 2279 S 67th St. • Aksarben Village Omaha, NE 68106 • 402.884.5410


Green Onion Lounge The Interlude Lounge Coffeehouse Scooter’s Coffee Crane Coffee Caffeine Dreams Cupcakes Jones Bros. Cupcakes 402-884-CAKE

Cupcake Island 402-334-6800

The Cake Gallery Family Entertainment Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment Dave and Buster’s

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Festival Taste of Omaha

Summer Arts Festival La Festa Italiana RED MANGO name, design and related marks are trade of Red Mango, Inc. © 2011 Red Mango, Inc. All rights reserved.

Frozen Yogurt Red Mango 3 Locations in Omaha

Orange Leaf Yo Zone

Dinkers Bar & Grill We believe we won due to our loyal customers who always spread the word, our dedicated staff which strive in customer service, and the daily preparation of all our homemade items.

Joyce Synowieki, Owner Complete Care of All Your Trees & Shrubs Serving Omaha Since 1961 •Pruning, Shaping & Trimming •Maintenance Program & Fertilizing •Insect & Disease Control •Certified Arboriculturist

Thanks For Voting Us #1 Tree Service

402.558.8198 |

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402-289-3288 |

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Kona Grill Hiro 88 Live Music Venue Slowdown The Waiting Room Lounge OZone

C. Stanosheck, D.D.S. Cosmetic and Restor ative Dentistry

Prime Steak Fine Wine Premium Service

She Chose a Stanosheck Smile Amanda Mueller, Invisalign Patient

The Clear Alternative To Braces

9202 West Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 884-1607

7 Years in a Row!

Like us on Facebook!

13665 California Street Omaha, Nebraska 402.445.4380 Private party rooms available for 6 to 40 people.





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Thanks For Voting Us Best of Omaha!

Huerter Orthodontics 2410 South 73rd Street • Omaha, NE 68124 402.397.4226 •

Ask us about Invisalign Teen Today!

See our full menu, happy hours and more at


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Locally Brewed Pub Upstream Brewing Company 11 & Jackson/171st & West Center


Thanks for voting us “Best of Omaha ” Organic Dining! ®

12317 West Maple Road Omaha, NE 402.964.2212

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Fernando’s Roja

Best pub in Omaha! LIV Lounge LIV Lounge values winning Best of Omaha® because it reflects our customers’ appreciation for the wellmade cocktails, great service, and comfortable atmosphere that we strive to provide.

Over 750 Single Malts, 230 Beers, & Awesome Food! 5 0 0 7 U nde r w ood • 4 0 2 -5 5 3 -9 5 0 1 • dU nde e de l l @ dUnde e

Sam & Dave Hohman, Owners Martini Charlie’s on the Lake 402-894-9411

Blue Sushi Myth Movie TheatER Aksarben Cinema 402-502-1914

Rave Marcus Midtown Cinema

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-37



Neighborhood Bar Dundee Dell 402-553-9501

Thank You for voting us Best of Omaha!

Dinker’s Bar & Grill Homy Inn

(402) 350-0372 2720 N 206th Street

(1 Block West of Old Downtown Elkhorn)


New Bar in 2012 Krug Park The Beercade

Omaha’s Only Authentic German Restaurant

Blatt Beer & Table

Locally Owned Since 1976

“World’s Greatest Hamburger” Come see why 72nd & Dodge St.

DANKESCHÖN OMAHA! Pan Fried Chicken Wednesdays Catering All Occassion Cakes, Pies & Strudel


5180 Leavenworth 402-553-6774

3636 North 156th St 402-934-4578

Best Greek

Havana Garage The customer makes Havana Garage stand out from the rest. Without our loyal customers, we could never be the best of anything! Thank you for your continued patronage and support!

Charles Kline, Owner Family Owned Since 1983

Non-Profit Event

Catering ~ Party Room Available Homemade, Fresh Food ~ Always

Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure

3821 Center St. 402/346-1528

Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City

Jim & Jennie’s Greek Village

Omaha Corporate Cup Omaha Sports Team

Dine In, Carry Out & Catering Established 1985

[402] 571.2857

3026 N 90th St | Omaha, Ne

A Family Business Since 1975 402-397-8884 Thank you Omaha for voting us best of Omaha for all you Pest control needs.


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Omaha Storm Chasers 402-734-2550

Creighton Bluejays Omaha Lancers


108th & Maple 3310-12 N 108th Omaha, NE


Jake Odorizzi (Dennis Hubbard)

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-39

Greek and American Cuisine Homemade Greek Pastries Takeout & Catering Beer-Wine-Cocktails

119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 •

Thank You Omaha! Ugg, Leather & Suede Cleaning, Minor Alterations & Repair,Wedding Gown Preservation


Saving you 50-75% for the last 26 years! 7647 Cass Street, 391-3222 5001 Center Street, 551-3831 3721 N 147th Street, 496-8840 16909 Burke Street, Suite 130, 884-3832 12326 W Center Road, 333-9306 15555 Q Street - 402.769.9443

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Retirement Community

Thanks You For Your Vote!


7300 Graceland Dr. | Omaha, NE | 68134

Congratulations Schrock Innovations for winning

Best of Omaha!


FREE COMPUTER REPAIR FOR NEW CUSTOMBERS! Call Now (402) 934-9423 Located at 16909 Burke St., STE 129


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

621 Pacific St, Omaha • 402-345-3438

Outdoor Dining Patio Charlie’s on the Lake 402-894-9411

Marks Bistro Rick’s Cafe Boatyard Paint Ball Mad Cow Paintball

Brau Builders We poll all of our customers to see how they found out about us and a number of people have said it was through the Best of Omaha® magazine.

Bob Brau, Owner


Thank You Omaha! For making us your #1, locally-owned and operated comprehensive car wash and detail service provider.

Public Golf Course

Dolphins Car Wash was built in 1990 with the express intention of delivering 100% satisfaction – guaranteed. Now, more than a million washes later, we remain true to this commitment.

Elmwood Municipal Golf Course Indian Creek Pacific Springs



2511 South 140th Street-Omaha

Restaurant Beer Selection

1 Block North of Oakview Mall


Old Chicago

Upstream Brewing Company 11 & Jackson/171st & West Center

Crescent Moon

Mon-Sat: 8:00am-6:00pm Sundays: 10:00am-5:00pm

(Detail Services not available on Sundays) CAR


Personal service.

PROFESSIONAL RESULTS. 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-41

Smoothies Juice Stop Scooter’s Coffee Red Mango 3 Locations In Omaha



20310 Wir t St. | 402.289.0770

Jensen Tire & Auto Thank You Omaha Again!

CUPCAKE ISLAND 1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800

The Family of Dinker’s Bar & Grill would like to Thank Omaha for Voting them Best of Omaha® in three categories: Bar Food, Neighborhood Bar and Hamburgers.

Thank You Omaha for voting Danny’s Best Bar Food for 2013! 1


Matthew D. Jensen, President

Sports Bar

402.554.5821 | 2007 N. 72nd St. LLP.BlackAd.pdf

Our 40-year heritage of service to Omaha and commitment to excellence in products, service, and value is recognized with the 2013 awards. We are grateful to everyone, whether new or longterm customer, who chooses to entrust our company with the care of their vehicle.

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2368 S 29th St Omaha, NE Located off the Martha St. exit 402.342.9742 Grill Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm Bar Open until 1am

Brewsky’s Food & Spirits Two Omaha Locations

DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar Legends Patio Grill and Bar Tattoo Parlor Big Brain Tattoo • Par 3 and executive courses perfect for the young golfer.

1123 Jackson St 402-345-2885

• Omaha’s Largest Youth Golf League & Youth Instruction.


daycare Dogtopia of Omaha Portal Drive Dogtopia 13239 of Omaha boarding Omaha, NE 68138 13239 Portal Drive spa 402-502-4797

Omaha, NE 68138 402-502-4797


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

• Kid’s Equipment and Apparel. • Visit Website for dates & fees.

402.498.9900 | 3435 N. 132nd Street, Omaha

Liquid Courage Tattoo & Piercing Black Squirrel

Omaha’s Premier Wine Bar


women’s clothing • accesories • gifts

TASTE. SAVOR. Thank you for your support and voting us one of the Best Wine Bars in Omaha! 1006 Dodge St Omaha NE 402.614.2121

lon & Spa Full Service Sa dicures Manicures & Pe sions Eyelash Exten cure, Shellac Manicure, Pedi ing Airbrush Tann ts Body Treatmen Massages Facials

Thank You for Voting us Best of Omaha! Cheers to Omaha’s Best Customers! 402.991.3595 Bel-Air Plaza 12100 W Center Rd. #607 Bliss Boutique Omaha

Check our website for daily specials and events



2073 N. 120th St • North Park Shopping Center

Thanks for Your Vote of Confidence Brian Pendley, D.D.S. • Amy Ruf, D.D.S. • Jay Samuelson, D.D.S. J.R. Demman, D.D.S. • Jeffrey T. Garvey, D.D.S.

AT HILLSBOROUGH 13808 West Maple Rd. Ste. 112 Omaha, NE 68164 402.445.4647

AT VILLAGE POINT 302 N 168th Circle Ste. 208 Omaha, NE 68118 402.505.7474

We appreciate the trust you put in us and are honored to receive Best of Omaha® for the 6th year in a row.

AT RALSTON SQUARE 5360 S 72nd St. Ralston, NE 68127 402.733.4441

Comprehensive Dental Care • Advanced 3-D Digital Imaging • Same Day Emergency Care • Cleanings and Exams for Adults and Children S a m e D a y C r o w n s Av a i l a b l e • C o m p o s i t e [ t o o t h c o l o r e d ] F i l l i n g s • C o s m e t i c D e n t i s t r y R o o t C a n a l Tr e a t m e n t • E x t r a c t i o n s • D e n t u r e s a n d P a r t i a l s • I m p l a n t s

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-43


Omaha’s Best

Health & Beauty Christi Clark, Owner

Christi Clark Hair Color


has enriched my business in so many ways. It put my name on the map, and that gives confidence to future clients. Since there are only a small portion of people who get to use this niche marketing, it makes me feel honored that I am one of them. A special thanks to all of my wonderful clients who appreciate natural, pretty hair color.


inning Best of Omaha®

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Acupuncture Thirteen Moons Acupuncture 7930 Blondo Stt

TCM Acupunture Clinic

Voted Best of Omaha 5 Years in a Row!

West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic Beauty Supply Store

Locally Owned & Operated with 5 Locations in Omaha and 2 in Lincoln!

Beauty First 402-397-6310

Breast Augmentation Aesthetic Surgical Images Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center Popp Cosmetic Surgery P.C.

Chiropractor Koca Chiropractic Clinic 402-496-4570

Elsasser Chiropractic

Thank you for voting us “Best of Omaha®” Day Spa 3 years running! Best Hair Colorist Congratulations to our Redken Certified Hair Colorist Mattie Knihal for winning the second year in a row! 2 blocks south of 108th and Q S |

Pearson Chiropractic 402-933-1933

Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steven Wegner 402-498-0400

Christopher A. Stanosheck, DDS, PC 402-972-8177

Marty Matz, DDS

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-45

Steven D. Wegner, DDS, MAGD A Recognized Leader in Dentistry

Cosmetic Surgeon Joel Schlessinger, M.D., Skin Specialists, P.C. 402-334-7546

Dr. Wegner has earned the Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR) for his commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering his services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry. Since its inception in 2005, only 13 7 of the AG D ’ s 35,000-plus members have received the prestigious LLSR recognition. Wegner is the second AGD member from Nebraska to receive the LLSR. Thank you for voting Dr. Wegner first place for Best Cosmetic Dentist in the Best of Omaha® contest for the past nine years! Dr. Wegner was also voted by his peers to receive the Top Dentists award for 2011 and 2012!

John Edney, MD, Aesthetic Surgical Images David Finkle, MD, Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center Day Spa Gloss Salon & Day Spa 402-502-1850

LovelySkin Spa/LovelySkin Express 402-334-1226


Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, M.D., Skin Specialists, P.C. 402-334-7546

Robert Fonda, MD Suzanne Braddock, MD

General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry.

11840 Nicholas Street Omaha, NE 68154

Endurance Training CrossFit Omaha Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping

402-498-0400 Kosama B-46 

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Thank You for making us One of Omaha’s Best 4 Years in a Row!

Rachel Skradski, CBS Home Realtor, after placement of cosmetic veneers. Photo by Kim Roudabush, Kim Photography.

12123 Pacific St. • 334-4422 Extraordinary Care... Exceptional Results!

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ®® AGAIN FOR 2013! We are grateful for the outstanding community support. From our family to yours, The Koca Chiropractic Team.


Thank you for voting ProCare3 Best of Omaha 2013! We will continue to work hard to be YOUR BEST CHOICE for Physical Therapy!

2085 N 120th St, Ste. D6 Omaha, NE 68164 402-496-4570 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-47

Group Fitness Water Aerobics Cycling Classes Yoga Pilates

Massages Youth Activities Swimming Lessons Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

31st & Farnam 402.916.5000

Nursery Volleyball Weight Training Racquetball

S. 132nd St. 402.691.8546

Indoor Track Cardio Equipment Personal Training Basketball


84th & Q St. 402.537.0430

Amenities vary by location. * Some restrictions apply. See club for details.

Thank You Omaha for Voting us

Best of Omaha®

Voted #1 Since 1993!

330-5660 • 12025 Pacific St. B-48 

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Fitness Club Prairie Life Fitness 3 Locations in Omaha

LIFETIME Blue Moon Fitness 3 Omaha Locations

Fitness Equipment Store

10666 Sapp Bros. Drive | Omaha, NE 68138 402-896-9140

Body Basics Fitness Equipment

American Nails & Spa We won Best of Omaha® because we have the most amazing and loyal customers. They believe in us and are always telling their friends and family about how we always take care of them and don’t rush them along. Thank you, Omaha, for showing us how much we mean to you.

Nancy Sevening, Owner Hair Colorist Christi Clark

Heather Smalley Mattie Knihal at Gloss Salon & Day Spa 402-502-1850

Hair Cut Troy Davis, Edgeworthy a Fringes Salon 402-345-0404

Thomas Sena, T’eez-A Thomas Sena Salon Eric Burden/Bungalow Eight

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-49

Hair Salon


Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa

Thank you for voting me Best Hair Colorist 2013!


Garbo’s Salon & Spa

L.A. Celebrity Colorist now the Best of Omaha.

Turning Heads 402-884-5444


Manicure & Pedicure American Nails & Spa

Patients Appreciate the Wide Variety of Options.

Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha®!


Mohegan Nail Spa 102nd & Maple 402-493-5977



Legacy Nails

Where good health and happiness start from within!

“30 Years Experience” • 11906 “i” street • 402-333-0352

Check out our website for special promotions!

Thirteen Moons Acupuncture I think we won because we have the best patients ever! Surprised to get the news of our first place win, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives. It is an honor to serve our community in such a deep and profound way!

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Donna Huber, Owner


Martial Arts


New students only, expires 2/28/2013

San-Mai Martial Arts Mid-America Martial Arts Omaha Blue Waves Martial Arts & Fitness


Massage Massage Envy Omaha School of Massage and HealthCare MASSAGE HEIGHTS

*Offer is only good for martial arts or fitness classes.


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•  Thanks Omaha, Come Meet the  New Owners! •   Our Spa has a clean-air system  for easy and healthy breathing. •  Groups & Private Parties Welcome! •  Gift Certificates Available •  Walk-Ins Welcome! Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m to 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3618 North 165th St. (165th & Maple)

Visit us on the web for monthly specials and events!

Call today for an appointment!


2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-51

Thank You Omaha For Voting Us Best Of Omaha® Used Car Dealership! 402-574-2600 |

Smiles for life

5 years in a row!

Orthodontics for Children, Teens & Adults

Car Audio & Video Remote Starts Window Tinting GPS Fleet Tracking

2 convenient office locations 10801 Pacific St., Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 330-1152

7425 Dodge St, Suite 104

107 Highland St. Papillion, NE 68046 (402) 330-1152

402-393-2100 Omaha’s Best Bluejay Apparel Mens & Womens by Cutter & Buck

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU We have something for the entire family! Fitness & Personal Training Sports & Camp Youth & Family Programs Swim Lessons . And more!

YMCA OF GREATER OMAHA 7806 Dodge St • 402-330-6614 B-52 

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Nutrition & Vitamin Store No Name Nutrition The Vitamin Shoppe Jane’s Health Market & Deli Optometrist Millard Family Eyecare 402-896-3300

Omaha Primary Eyecare 402-330-3000

Midwest Eye Care

Orthodontist Igel Orthodontics 402-330-1152

Huerter Orthodontics 402-397-4226

Clear Choice Orthodontics

Thank You for voting us one of Omaha’s Best Optometric Practices 2011, 2012 and 2013! Dr. Marsha Kubica | Dr. Corey Langford

• Eye Exams for the entire family (Infant See - 1yr olds, See To Learn - 3 yr olds, Pre & Post Lasik care, Cataract Evaluations, Glaucoma testing and Retinal Health checks)

Personal Training Facility

• Optical Boutique with over 800 designer frames and sunglasses

Black Clover Fitness

• Daily wear, extended wear and multi focal contact lens options

Body Masters 402-659-3640

Endless Possibilities Training Systems

• Two year warranty on all eyewear and premium lenses Call for an appointment today: 402.330.3000 146th and West Center Rd.

Or visit us at: Like us on Facebook 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-53

Physical Therapy ProCare 3 Physical Therapy Bringing Balance and Wholeness back to the body through the practice of

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Reproductive Health Digestive Health Emotional Health Pain Management


1002 N 72nd St. | Omaha



Community Rehab Physical Therapy 402-289-3288

Makovicka Physical Therapy Pilates Studio Pilates Center of Omaha

Thank You Omaha!


Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More 402-502-9772

One Pilates

896-9200 916-9883 614-6088

Gives You More...

Of Omaha

Rehabilitation Facility

Brookestone Meadows



Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center


Community Rehab Physical Therapy 402-289-3288

Spray Tanning Salon Shine Spray Tanning Tanning Salon

See salon for


Text ALTAN to 90210 for Mobile Alerts

Message & Data Rates Apply

Ashley Lynn’s Tanning 11 Area Locations

No Appointment Tanning • 7 Days a Week •


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Thank You For Voting Us Best of Omaha ! ®

WESt LOCAtIOn 13222 F Street • 333-9872

EASt LOCAtIOn 24th & Hamilton • 344-4471

Open M-F 7am-6:30pm Saturday 8am to nOOn

Open M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Preferred Auto Body Repair Shop In Omaha by All Insurance Companies • Lifetime Guarantee on All Repairs • On Site Car Rental Services • 2012 BBB Integrity Award Winner follow us @bstreetomaha

• Complimentary shuttle anywhere in the Omaha metro area • Free Estimates

find us on

Omaha Electric Service & Iowa Electric looks forward to having an opportunity to serve you soon.

Iowa Electric 1220 35th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712.366.0588

Omaha Electric Service Inc. 8506 Madison Street Omaha, Nebraska 68127 402.597.3040

commercial / residential / industrial / voice & data

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-55

Wa xing Hair Removal Kimberly Spa Authentic Brazilian Wax by Vanella Wax On Weight Loss Center The Fast Diet 402-214-7788

Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping Physician’s Weight Loss Center

Beauty First I think we won Best of Omaha® because of our loyal customers and educated employees and salon staff. We are locally owned and operated and have been in business for over 20 years.  We are a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.

Rhonda Bowers, VP of Operations Workout Class Facility LIFETIME Prairie Life Fitness 3 Locations in Omaha

Individualized Programs to Fit Your Lifestyle All Programs Include: • Physical exam, EKG and comprehensive blood analysis • Body composition and measurements • Behavioral guidance

NO MEDICAL FEES! Serious Weight Loss Only A Physician Can Deliver™

402.991.7952 | 2716 South 114 St•Omaha, NE 68144

Thank You For Voting Us Best 2 Years In A Row!

Where Craftsmanship is at its Finest!

All types of Roofing, Guttering, Siding, & Windows Hail Damage Specialists Locally Owned & Operated Since 1993 Insurance Claims are Our Specialty


Kosama Yoga One Tree Yoga

1504 S Saddle Creek Rd. Omaha NE 68106 (402) 502-9300

Lotus House of Yoga Omaha Hyp Yoga Studio B-56 

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Thank You Omaha!


Omaha’s Best


Thanks Omaha for voting us Best of Omaha!

Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID Owner/Founder

The Designers Whole House Remodels Kitchen & Bath Remodels • New Custom Homes Lower Level Finishes • Additions Concrete Commercial & Residential


this new category of ‘Best Interior Design.’ One can win ASID design awards but the recognition as a design professional from our community is fantastic. Actually, it’s very humbling and I am most grateful for the honor. Thanks, Omaha, for all your support over the years. hank you for creating

8529 Wirt Street • Omaha, NE 68134 402-510-9585 •

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-57

Apartments Harrison Hills 402-933-1577

Midtown Crossing Apartments The Biltmore Apartments Building Supply Store Builder’s Supply Company Millard Lumber Lowe’s

Add beauty, value & function to your home and outdoor living space!

Carpet Cleaning Steamatic of Omaha 402-331-1116

Stanley Steemer Chem-Dry of Omaha 402-505-6616

Thank you Omaha for voting us First Place 2 Years in a Row!

Condos Midtown Crossing Countertops Granite Transformations

Patios • Walkways • Pool Decks • Driveways •Steps • Fire Pits

402.491-3622 • visit us at The Omaha Home Show March 21st-24th


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Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 402-331-0500

Premier Countertops

for all your cleaning & restoration needs TOTAl ClEANING & RESTORATION RESIDENTIAl - COMMERCIAl - INDuSTRIAl

Disaster repair & Clean-Up Carpet, Furniture, Tile and Drapery Cleaning •Free Estimates •No Hidden Charges •Area & Oriental Rugs •Truck Mounted Power •Odor Removal •Environmentally Friendly Air Duct Cleaning • Helps control Dust & Dirt In Your Home or Office • Reduce Airborn Pollutants That Trigger Asthma and Allergic Reactions Fire and Water Damage Specialists • Mold and Mildew Prevention • Insurance Claims Welcome • Dehumidification Equipment • Mold & Odor Removal 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE

“Steamatic Does Not Telemarket”



1968 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  Established january/february  B-59

Your home...your builder.


Selecting a builder is as much an expression of taste as it is a statement of confidence. No one understands this better than Curt Hofer & Associates. As one of the area’s most respected custom homebuilders and remodelers, we provide a one-of-a-kind experience in creating your once-in-a-lifetime home. From individual rooms, to how these rooms come together to create a home, to the landscape and exteriors that immediately bid you welcome, the team at Curt Hofer & Associates knows how to bring the best ideas to life – yours. The result? Your home...your builder. Exceptional.


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Your home...your builder. Exceptional.

2332 Bob Boozer Drive Omaha, NE 68130 Phone: 402.758.0440 n


Custom Cabinetry

Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 402-331-0500

Eurowood Custom Cabinets, Inc. Apex Cabinets

Custom Closets Marco Closets & Storage Solutions 402-778-5818

Affordable Closets Storage Concepts Custom Home Builder Curt Hofer Construction 402-758-0440

Pohlad Custom Homes, Inc. 402-445-0843

Al Belt Custom Homes 402-690-1000

Decorative Concrete Moore’s Concrete Construction,Inc. 402-491-3622

Schroder Concrete Luster Stone Electrical Services Miller Electric Omaha Electric 402-597-3040

Brase Electrical

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-61

We’re Not Just About Fences

Fence & Railings S&W Fence 15803 Pacific St 402-333-5722

Acreage Fences Omarail Railing & Fences

Floor Covering Nebraska Furniture Mart

S&W Fence Introduces Swedge Lock Aluminum Fence and Railing. Beautiful, Maintenance-Free and Built to Last.


Kelly’s Carpet Odermatt Floor Covering 402-330-1680


Burton A/C, Heating, Plumbing & More At Burton, we value the Best of Omaha® contest as a high distinction in the market. The customers make the decision and vote, and we take pride in winning in our categories. This is truly our customers speaking out about who is the best in town.

Mark Evans, Owner Garage Doors

Thanks for voting for Blue Moon Fitness! Blue Moon Fitness is comfortable enough and cheap enough that even people who exercise “once in a blue moon” can fit in! Blue Moon Fitness offers an atmosphere where even first time exercisers feel comfortable, private exercise areas for women, TVs on every piece of cardio equipment, the lowest rates in town and now Blue Moon Fitness has 3 Omaha locations to serve you. • Omaha South — 108 & Q St. • Omaha North — 108 & Maple St. • Omaha Central — 84 & West Center Rd. www.Blue Moon


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Norm’s Door Service 402-331-8920

Omaha Door & Window Overhead Door Co. of Omaha Garage Flooring Garage Floor Coating of Nebraska In the Garage Omaha Epoxy



What Your Neighbors, Friends and Family Count On When Shopping At Nebraska Furniture Mart: • Unrivaled selection • Superior service by an experienced team of sales, service and installation professionals • Guaranteed Low Prices



Thank you for voting us your favorite for 2013. Best Furniture Store

Best Floor Covering

Best Home Audio & Video 700 South 72nd St Omaha, NE 68114

Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone: 402-548-6356 ©2012 Nebraska Furniture Mart, Inc.

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-63


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Garden Nursery Store Robert’s Nursery 402-551-3654

Jay Moore Landscaping Indian Creek Nursery 402-558-5900

Grout & Tile Repair The Grout Medic

Harrison Hills


No one needs to know you had a little…

Botox® Juvederm® Artefill® Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Programs

402.408.0017 402.895.8001

Preventative Medical Clinic

The Grout Doctor Lifetime Stone Restoration

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Handyman Joe’s

Pharmacy Home Medical Equipment Oxygen Wheelchairs Diabetes Supplies

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402.408.1990 •

House Doctor

Heating & Air aksarben ARS Heating AC 402-331-1233

A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical 402-593-7500

Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha 3 years!

Thermal Services 402-397-8100

Home Audio & Video Nebraska Furniture Mart 402-548-6356

Custom Electronics 402-397-4434

Sound Environment 402-391-3842 (402) 709-0970

always striving to provide the most luxury and style in apartment living 6925 S 115th St Plz LaVista, NE 68128 P: 402.933.1577 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-65

Thank you Omaha for voting us #1 again!

Home Builder Brau Builders Regency Homes Charleston Homes

Home Cleaning Service The Maids Molly Maids 402-932-6243

Maids & More 402-572-6243

Home Inspection Service AmeriSpec Inspection Services

Building fine homes in Omaha since 1948 • Contact us today for a free Home Design meeting • 402-289-2017

A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical Employee Owned

24 Hour Service • We Repair & Service All Makes • Expert Installations

Home Remodeling T. Hurt Construction 402-510-9585

R.D. Schuller Construction Vantage Design & Construction 402-670-4531

Interior Design Firm The Interior Design Firm

9 years running No Payments No Interest for 12 Months! Call for Details

4972 F Street • Omaha, NE • 593-7500 B-66 

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Interiors Joan and Associates The Designers 12123 Emmet Street 402-498-8777

Thank you Omaha for voting us best Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures! Visit our Kohler Registered Showroom 13827 Industrial Road • Omaha NE ( 4 0 2 ) 3 3 0 - 3 4 0 0 • w w w. k b b r i g g s . c o m

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-67







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10325 "J" Street Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 331-0500

6100 S. 57th St., Ste. A Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-0025

11271 Meredith Drive Urbandale, IA 50322 (515) 270-6558

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Interior Designer Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID 12123 Emmet St. 402-498-8777

Susan McMannama Interiors Lori Anderson 402-452-3440

Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Kitchens & Baths by Briggs 13827 Industrial Rd

Faucet Shop Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 402-331-0500

Kitchens by Design 402-334-8888

Ward’s Kitchens & Baths Landscape Lighting McKay Landscape Lighting, Inc. Accent Landscape Lighting Landscape Illuminations Landscaping Lanoha Nurseries 402-289-4103

Mulhall’s Carson Enterprises 402-676-5579

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-69


Lawn Care Heartland Lawns 402-492-8800

TruGreen Turf Care Inc. 402-895-6004

Lawn Irrigation & Sprinklers Millard Sprinkler Nature’s Helper, Inc. 402-334-2625

Quality Irrigation Lighting Fixtures Echo Lighting 402-334-4900 4315 South 120th Street

Lighting World, Inc. The Light Palace Painting Services Gerst Painting, Inc. CertaPro Painters J&J Painting & Remodeling Plumbing Services Burton AC, Heating, Plumbing and More Backlund Plumbing 402-341-0450

ServiceOne Pools & Spas Superior Spa & Pool


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2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-71




TRADITIONAL BANKING BASED ON VALUES. We’ve always been family owned and operated. Which is how we’ve kept time-honored values at the center of our business. Here, the latest banking innovations go hand-in-hand with genuine personal relationships. We hope that the way we care shows, right from the minute you walk in our door. It’s the way banking should be. VISIT US TODAY AT PINNBANK.COM







Best of Omaha 9 Years Running!

Two Time Winner of BBB Service Integrity Award Located at Irvington Exit and I-680

9630 Redick Ave. • 402-572-0200

9 Years Running


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Family Owned and Operated in Omaha Since 1974


Specialty Glass & Mirrors


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Hometown Roofing Inc.


Valley Boys Roofing




Pyramid Roofing

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Blinds Shades Shutters Custom Drapery Interior Design



Residential Roofing


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Beautiful • Functional •Affordable

Window Coverings that are a Re�lection of Your Style.

Interior Glass, Mirrors & Shower Doors Quality Glass Elkhorn Glass


Window Coverings A Well-Dressed Window Budget Blinds Ambiance Window Coverings 402-932-9711

Windows & Doors Pella Windows & Doors of Omaha & Lincoln 402-331-9225

Omaha Door & Window Renewal by Andersen




starting at only

or payments as low as $35 a month.

We will BEAT any competitor’s estimate by up to $500 GUARANTEED!** $27OFF


[Not valid with any other offers. Limit one per household]

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Any Plumbing Service


Electrical Service


*On qualifying models only, see store for details. To qualified buyers, WAC, 0% if paid in full in 60 months, with down payment and minimum monthly payments.

Best of Omaha® 8 years Running!

**We will beat any competitors bid must be comparable quality and size and prior to installation. See store for details.

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-73


Omaha’s Best Retail

Denise Willett, Owner

House of J Home Accessories and Gifts


are the reason we are the Best of Omaha®. They make each customer feel special, like you would a friend or family member. We always do our best to solve every decorating dilemma. Our ability to offer this exceptional customer service is what sets us apart from other stores. We thank you, Omaha, for giving us this opportunity and voting us #1 again.


he ‘Girls’ at HOUSE OF J

january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

Antique Shop Brass Armadillo 402-896-9140

Second Chance Antiques & Collectibles Back in the Day Art Galleries Anderson O’Brien Fine Art 402-884-0911

Dundee Gallery 4916 Underwood Ave

Lewis Art Gallery 402-391-7733

Thank You Omaha! For Voting Us The Best Home Accessories Store. 12965 West Center Road · (Montclair Shopping Center) · 402-778-0650

Beer & Spirits Store Hy-Vee Spirit World Big Dog’s Beverage 402-289-0770

Clothing Consignment Store Scout: Dry Goods & Trade Plato’s Closet Big Wheels & Butterflies Convenience Store Bucky’s QuikTrip Kwik Shop

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-75

Thank You Omaha!

Florist Piccolo’s Taylor’s Flower Shop 402-733-2322

Papillion Flower Patch

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Best Florist


“Taylor Made” for ALL your floral needs since 1950”

Locally Owned Since 1950

Furniture Store

Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique We are so proud to have been voted Best of Omaha® for the past five years. The staff at Kajoma’s works hard to keep our customers coming back and the Best of Omaha® award validates they have created a destination boutique. Special thanks to our loyal customers and our new first-timers.


12310 K Plaza, Ste. 108

Kim Ahlers, Owner

Proud to have roots in Omaha.

Grocery Store Hy-Vee

Home Accessories House of J Home Accessories & Gifts 402-778-0650

In Omaha, our customers are our neighbors. Thanks for voting TruGreen “Best of Omaha” in Omaha Magazine. And for recognizing that our business isn’t just lawn care, it’s customer care.

Pearson & Company Voila! Blooms and Decor in Dundee TG Logo Spot Color (PMS) version

TG Logo 4-Color (CMYK) version

Jewelry Store Borsheims

TG Logo 100% Black (K) and 45% of Black (K) version

Brodkey’s TG Logo 100% Black (K) version

866 - TruGreen | C: 100% M: 0% Y: 91% K: 42%

C: 80% M: 0% Y: 90% K: 0%

Color Version: “TRU”, “LEAF” and “Go Greener” PMS: 349 / CMYK: C- 100%, M- 0%, Y- 91%, K-42% “GREEN” PMS: 354 / CMYK: C- 80%, M- 0%, Y- 90%, K-0%


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA

14 Karat

TG Logo Reversed (white) against dark solid background.

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 100%

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 45%

Black and Grey Scale Version: “TRU”, “LEAF” and “Go Greener” 100% Black (K) “GREEN” 45% Black (K)

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 0%

White Version: “TRU”, “LEAF”, “GREEN” and “Go G CMYK- All 0%

Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes it sounds a horn. Union Pacific is proud to be recognized by our hometown as the No. 1 employer in Omaha. As the nation’s premier railroad for the past 150 years, we offer a wide range of challenging, rewarding positions and the opportunity to be part of a company that is, still today, connecting and building America. Learn more at

An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-77

Feltz WealthPLAN Thank You Omaha Magazine Readers for voting us #1 Financial Planning Firm four years in a row!

Over 25 years of Excellence

ContaCt us today for a free, no obligation Consultation!

101 S 108th Avenue, 2nd Floor • Omaha, NE 68154 • • 402.691.0200 Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC B-78 

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Lingerie Nouvelle Eve Men’s Apparel Parsow’s Fine Clothing & Sportswear 402-397-7900

Lindley Clothing Co. Jerry Ryan

We Have the Best Customers in Omaha! Thank you for voting Max I Walker the best dry cleaner and launderer in Omaha! Our 95 years of service at 24 locations in Omaha and Council Bluffs has taught us one thing — we’re the oldest, and best, dry cleaner in town because we have the best customers a company could ever ask for.

Locally-owned • Family-owned • Convenient Drive-Through Service • Free Home Delivery

Parsow’s Fine Clothing We value the Best of Omaha contest because it’s the best gauge of Omaha’s reading as to who IS the best. There is no competition...Omaha Magazine does it the best.

Proud creator and sponsor of the 6 Annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique! th


Ramada Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

David Parsow, President

Pawn Shop

First Place Again! Thank You Omaha! Four years in a Row!

2010 • 2011• 2012

Sol’s Jewelry and Loan Pet Supply Store Long Dog Fat Cat 402-933-1123

Three Dog Bakery The Green Spot 402-614-7768 1110 S. 71st St. Bay K

120 Regency Pkwy. Omaha, NE 68144 402.397.7900 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-79

Pharmacy Walgreen’s Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare 402-408-1990

CVS/pharmacy Thrift Store Goodwill

Thrift World New Life Thrift

THANK YOU for your trust, OMAHA!

The Dentists at Hillsborough We love including our Best of Omaha® logo on our print advertising and website! The logo is such a recognizable icon that new patients instantly see that others have placed their trust in us so they’re willing to give us a try.

Jennifer Abshier, Practice Administrator Wine Store brix Corkscrew Wine & Cheese WineStyles Women’s Boutique

402.330.1166 Advisory services offered through Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd, an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Securities offered through its affiliate Manarin Securities Corporation, a registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha


years in a row!

beyourself Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique 104 E 1st St Papillion Ne 402-991-4477

Bring this ad in and receive 20% OFF your Entire purchase!

Bliss Boutique 402-991-3595

A Must-See Boutique

402.991.4477 | 84th & 1st St. Downtown Papillion Open Mon-Sat at 10am

Text KAJOMAS to 36000 B-80 

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2013 Omaha’s Best Services

Laurie Victor Kay & Charles Kay, Jr., Owners

laurie and charles photographs


be the winner of Best of Omaha® this year! Winning this award means so much to us. It feels wonderful to be recognized as the best photographers in Omaha. For the past 17 years, we have strived to create compelling, unique, and timeless commissioned portraits. We are truly humbled by this award and appreciate the nomination from the readers of Omaha Magazine.

t’s an honor to

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-81

Your Locally Owned Pet Store Natural, Organic, and Eco-Friendly Food and Supplies for Dogs and Cats. Stress Free grooming available by appointment.

72nd & Pacific At the Shoppes at Aksarben

Assisted Living Facility Elk Ridge Village on the Lake Assisted Living 402-216-8835

Your Best Friend Will Thank You!

Hillcrest Mable Rose

Westgate Assisted Living Bank First National Bank of Omaha 402-346-3626

Pinnacle Bank

American National Bank

Caterer Catering Creations 402-558-3202

John Benker Eddie’s Catering Computer Repair Schrock Innovations DIT Computers Elkhorn Computer Sales & Service 402-350-0372

Credit Union Centris Federal Credit Union 402-334-7000

SAC Federal Credit Union Mutual 1st Federal


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Since 1857, we’ve built relationships that help people achieve their goals and enable businesses to grow. That’s why we appreciate the readers of Omaha Magazine voting us Best Bank since 1992. We’re honored to earn that title once again, along with Best Mortgage Company, in the 2013 Best of Omaha Survey. So, to Omaha and everyone who voted for us, we say thank you. Stop in to one of our 37 convenient area locations today, or call 402.346.3626 to learn how we can be the best bank for you. | Member FDIC

2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-83

Thanks for Voting Travel and Transport “Best Travel Agency” in Omaha!

Together, for over 66 years, Travel and Transport and Omaha have been “Going Places”. From our innovative corporate travel solutions, to our expertise in planning unforgettable vacations, it has been a great year and we are proud to call Omaha our home. In 2013 the journey continues. Our company is “Going Places” and we are excited to take Omaha along for the ride. Watch for exciting things to come in the new year.


january/february  •  2013  BEST OF OMAHA Located at 72nd & Mercy | 402.399.4500

Look for us on Facebook and Twitter COrpOraTe TraveL | vaCaTIOns | evenTs | LOyaLTy

Dog Day Care Voted the #1 Bank of Council Bluffs Eight Years in a Row!

Dogtopia 402-502-4797

Dry Cleaners Max I. Walker


Serving Omaha Since 1917


Fashion Cleaners


4 Locations • 402-342-3491


NuTrend Dry Cleaners 6 Locations

We could list all the reasons we were voted the No. 1 bank in Council Bluffs and one of the Best Banks In Omaha. But we’d rather show you in person. Stop in today.


Omaha - Council Bluffs - Lincoln 33 locations in Nebraska and Iowa. For the location nearest you go online at or call 800-279-0007.

Union Pacific Railroad Alegent Creighton Health PayPal

Fin ancial Planning Firm

Feltz WealthPlan 402-691-0200

Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd. 402-330-1166

Tagge Rutherford Financial Group

Funeral Home Heafey Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries & Crematory John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Roeder Mortuary | 402.342.3491 2013  BEST OF OMAHA  •  january/february B-85

In-Home Nursing Service

Go ahead, relax and enjoy life.

Visiting Nurse Association

Give you and your family the


peace of mind they deserve with “Advanced Funeral Planning” Call today for your Pre-Planning Guide!

Alegent Creighton Health at Home Comfort Keepers DWORAK CHAPEL•16th & Vinton•346-1144 BELLEVUE MEM. CHAPEL•Bellevue•291-5000


Internet Provider

Thank you for voting

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Physicians Mutual Mutual of Omaha Mortgage Company First National Bank of Omaha 402-346-3626

Wells Fargo First Mortage Co. Moving Company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Jim’s Moving & Delivery Co. 402-291-2490

Flat Rate Movers 402-709-0970


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Thank You Omaha! Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals Over 40 Years Experience in Quality Veterinary Care

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To provide our patients with compassionate medical care of the highest quality in a friendly, caring environment by skilled employees, who are eager to provide extraordinary customer service.

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“For more than forty years you have allowed the Gentle Doctor to care for your pets just as we care for our own.” — Dr. Bashara 89th & Grant 397-4344 • 120th & Blondo 493-9650 • 153rd & Maple 445-4400

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In today’s challenging real estate market, nothing brings a wider smile than the sign that says “SOLD.” And thanks to the experience and productivity of RE/MAX Sales Associates, that sign is appearing more frequently than you might think. RE/MAX agents average more sales than other

agents. They know their markets, and they care enough to get to know you, too. So if you’re looking to sell, or buy, or both, look to the name that means success. Look to RE/MAX. Stop by our RE/MAX office today! Or give us a call. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

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Reception Venue DC Centre Indian Creek Lauritzen Gardens Retirement Community Lakeside Village 402-829-9020

Elk Ridge Village on the Lake Active Retirement Community 402-312-1198

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Ralston Veterinary Clinic Best Care Pet Hospital West 402-334-5975

Thank you for voting us Best Retirement Community of Omaha! Every Immanuel Community is unique—because every Immanuel resident brings something unique to the community. We tailor our independent and assisted living to your unique needs and lifestyle. Our communities offer restaurant-style dining, a holistic approach to wellness and truly exceptional service.

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Thank You for voting us Best Tuxedo Store for 2013!

Dr. Michael Siggers & Staff Full service Veterinary hospital caring for cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets; and a special interest in birds & exotics!

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8014 W Dodge Road Omaha, NE (402)391-3200

144th & W Center Road (below Old Chicago) Omaha, NE (402)330-6158

Best Care Pet Hospital West

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Auto Body Repair Dingman’s Collision Center 3 Locations in Omaha

Dave’s Auto Body Co. 402-572-0200

B Street Collision Center 402-333-9872

Auto Financing SAC Federal Credit Union Centris Federal Credit Union 402-334-7000

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First National Bank of Omaha 402-346-3626

•Omaha Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year! •Winner Better Business Bureau Integrity Award

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Bike Shop The Bike Rack

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Boat Dealer Omaha Marine Center 402-339-9600

Valley Marine Beaver Lake Marina

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Brake Service Jensen Tire & Auto House of Mufflers & Brakes

Not Everyone Was Born To Be A Caregiver.

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Car Tire Service Jensen Tire & Auto Walker Tire & Auto Service Midwest Tire Co., Inc. Exhaust & Muffler Service House of Mufflers & Brakes Midas

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Once Again, Thank You Omaha!

Lexus Of Omaha Would Like To Say “Thank You” To Our Clients Who Have Helped Us In Winning The “Elite Of Lexus” Award For Customer Satisfaction 21 Years In A Row. Lexus Of Omaha Is 1 Of 3 Dealerships In The Country, Out Of 213 That Have Won This Prestigious Award Every Year It Has Been Available. Best Used Car Dealer In The “Best Of Omaha” for the Tenth Year in a Row.

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Motorcycle Dealer Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson Holstein’s Harley-Davidson

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The Performance Group Superior Honda Oil Change Jensen Tire & Auto Grease Monkey Jiffy Lube

RV Dealer Apache Camper Center 402-292-1455

Travel Agency Travel and Transport 402-399-4500

AAA Travel Vacation Superstore Used Car Dealer Lexus of Omaha 402-333-6400

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Pella Windows and Doors of Omaha and Lincoln offer a wide range of energy-efficient windows and doors, so you can spend less on your heating and cooling costs, and have more for other things that matter to you. We’ll help keep your home – and your budget – comfortable.

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Style shot Story by Linda Persigehl • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Mary Wajda

Personal Style at 51


ary Wajda enjoys the hunt for

fun fashions and accessories in unexpected places. Harbor Farm Chick Market, Voila! and House of J are some of her local go-to shops for whimsical, affordable pieces. “I have an eclectic style,” says the 25-year veteran in advertising and media, now with Morningfire, Inc. “I’m fortunate that I work in an industry that allows me to express my personal style.” “I love classic pieces—a great leather coat, a structured jacket, pearls—and mixing them with something feminine or unexpected—lace, >>


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<< sparkle, and anything girlie! And I love, love, love jeans! LA Idol is my favorite brand.” The mother of two teen girls, Wajda jokes, “I had my daughters late in life, so I try to dress so I look young and not like their grandma, yet age-appropriate. I don’t want to be a 51-year-old woman trying to look 25…I would take 45! And I refuse to wear old ladies’ shoes. I love my heels!” A long-time cancer survivor, Wajda has always made caring for her health a priority. The former USVBA volleyball player (“My husband [Rich Wajda] and I met playing volleyball.”) used to be a dedicated runner, but has moved on to less-jarring cardio and weights. “I try to work out three to four times a week…I take Strike, strictly strength, spinning, and total conditioning classes at Lifetime Fitness whenever my schedule allows. Pushups and sit-ups are a daily must, too,” she adds. Wajda attributes her good health in part to drinking 100oz. of water daily, taking vitamins and supplements, and using skin products with retin A, sunscreen, and moisturizer. “I try to avoid the sun…and never sleep in my makeup.” All your work has paid off, Mary Wajda. You look fabulous!

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Year-Round Farmers Market Keeps It Fresh “Consumers pay a little less than they would at Whole Foods…and the producers make more money than they do selling wholesale, so it’s kind of a nice middle place for everybody.” -Jody


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Co-owner Jody Fritz

omato Tomäto, a year-round,

indoor farmers market whose name plays off the debate over how to pronounce the name of the versatile fruit (Yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable), is a muststop-shop for many in the Omaha area who enjoy fresh produce, eggs, nuts, many organic goods, and more. Tucked back from street view near 156th and Bob Booser Drive (just north of West Center Road) in West Omaha, the store carries products from dozens of vendors, all of them local. However you say it, it’s a win-win for the entire Omaha community. Jody Fritz and her husband, Jeremy, were no strangers to the local farmers markets. As regular weekend representatives of Jody’s father-in-law’s O’Neill, Neb., farm, Garden Fresh Vegetables, the couple got to know the other vendors pretty well. As the weather grew cooler and the outdoor markets >> 2013  •  january/february 


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<< closed up shop, the couple realized they and their fellow vendors still had plenty to offer would-be consumers. “There still is a lot out there when the markets end, so we kind of came up with this idea,” says Fritz. That idea was to utilize the front portion of the Garden Fresh Vegetables’ Omaha warehouse as a year-round farmers market. Vendors bring their products into the shop and set their own prices, and Tomato Tomäto receives a commission off of everything that sells. “We didn’t really have any capital to start, so that’s where the consignment idea came from, and it’s worked out well,” explains Fritz. “Consumers pay a little less than they would at Whole Foods…and the producers make more money than they do selling wholesale, so it’s kind of a nice middle place for everybody.” Since the store opened nearly five years ago, the number of vendors has grown from five to 100. “As more vendors come in, each kind of has their own following, so then all their customers come in and they become customers of a lot of the other vendors,” says Fritz. Products range from-fresh produce, eggs, milk, and meats (farm fresh chicken, beef, fish, ostrich, and more) to local wines, salsas, soup starters, breads, and pastas, just to name few. “There are always a lot of things going on.” All inventory is fresh and local; organic, as well as gluten-free options are available.

Regarding the year-round produce selection, Fritz says that, understandably, there is an ebb and flow throughout the year. “We’ll have winter squashes, and greens that grow in greenhouses—lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, some peppers, those kinds of things—all year round.” But Fritz concedes that because Tomato Tomäto specializes in locally produced foods, there are certain items that her store will never be able to offer her customers. “We won’t ever have bananas in Nebraska,” she says through a chuckle. “I get that there are limitations to the place, but I’m just going to embrace those rather than trying to be something we aren’t. I can’t compromise…there are so many foods you can eat in season.” The colder months bring with them opportunities for customers to order free-range, organic turkeys for Thanksgiving, as well as buy homemade holiday pies and find locally produced spirits to ring in the New Year and celebrate Valentine’s Day. “There’s always a season for everything, it seems,” says Fritz. Alyssa LeGrand has been a customer of Tomato Tomäto since the market opened and says the quality of the produce is fantastic. “I like to support local farmers and anybody with their own business,” she says. Appreciating the competitive prices, LeGrand says she often stops in on a weekly basis.

On the supplier side, Ryan Pekarek, owner of Pekarek Produce in Dwight, Neb., has been bringing his produce to Tomato Tomäto for three years and says he looks forward to continuing to work with Fritz in the future. “[Tomato Tomäto] is nice because you come back with an empty truck every time.” In addition to the market side of the business, Tomato Tomäto also runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in which customers can become members of the CSA by purchasing shares in the program and, every week, receive fresh produce and local products. “I just didn’t have enough room for everything people wanted to bring in, so we were trying to find a way for the farmers to bring their food here and to get it into the hands of people quickly.” For some, this indoor farmers market may just be the best-kept secret in Omaha. For others, specifically the approximately 100 vendors that supply a wide variety of products to Tomato Tomäto’s devoted customers, it’s the answer to their prayers. For more information on Tomato Tomäto’s farmers market or the CSA program, visit www. Tomato Tomäto, located at 2634 S. 156th Cir., is open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm. 2013  •  january/february 


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Omaha faces Story by Jasmine Maharisi • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Keith “Key Master” Martz

Blessed with a Gift for Music and Making People Smile “If I was asked to play music by other people, I couldn’t...I play from my heart.” -Martz


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alent can present itself in many forms.

For some, it’s through an aptitude for academics; for others, it’s via intellectual curiosity. But for Keith “Key Master” Martz, it can be found on the 88 keys of a piano. Inspired by every genre from classical to modern jazz, the 29-year-old Omaha native has the gift of music that stems from an enthusiasm and passion for the art itself. “My music has its own style,” he

says. “What sets me apart as a musician is that it doesn’t sound like anyone else’s.” Mostly self-taught, Martz was encouraged by his mother to take up the piano when he was about 7 years old. He received some formal training until the age of 9, but it was minimal. Later, as a student at Millard South, he joined the high school band where he once again played the piano. Martz’s approach to the form is unique. He says he’s a slow sight reader, meaning he plays faster than he can read music notes. For this reason, and because of his love of improvisation, Martz doesn’t play sheet music and instead creates new songs each time he sits down to play. “If I was asked to play music by other people, I couldn’t,” Martz says. “I play from my heart, and I play my own type of music.” When he’s not pounding out melodies on a keyboard, Martz stays plenty busy working two full-time jobs, during the day at specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s and at night at Lakeside Hospital. Luckily, Lakeside Hospital has a piano in its lobby, and his coworkers often ask him to play for them when he’s not occupied with his duties as a valet. Christie Abdul, manager of volunteers and business innovations at Lakeside, oversees the valet services where Martz works and has had the opportunity to work with him. “Keith is someone who is very warm; he greets everyone with a positive attitude,” she says. “I truly believe he cares about every single person he meets. His happiness is kind of like something you want to catch. It’s contagious.” Abdul says that Martz goes out of his way to embody the hospital’s “every patient is my patient” philosophy. Even if a car isn’t using the valet

service, she says, he’ll run to the car and open the door. “He’s genuinely a warm and caring person and just gentle,” she says. Paul Lukes and Kyle Eustice, regular customers of Trader Joe’s, say they look forward to seeing the kind and chipper employee during their shopping trips. “The first time I came across Keith, it seemed like perhaps he was just having a really, really good day,” says Lukes. “Then I realized, after shopping [there] for so long, that he’s always having a good day. That’s Keith.” “His positivity is contagious and I would challenge anyone to leave a conversation with him without a smile on their face,” adds Eustice. As any artist would, Martz gains inspiration from other talent and his list of favorites is quite eclectic. Some of the performers he regularly listens to include Mozart, Coldplay, Hans Zimmer, U2, and internet sensation Ronald Jenkees. “I only listen to music once a week because my own music satisfies and comforts me most of the time,” he says. “I love listening to music from scores like Bourne Supremacy, Batman Returns, and Inception.” Martz is planning to record a CD of his music and one day, he’d like to tour. Until then, music lovers can listen and watch him perform on YouTube with the search terms “Keith ‘Key Master’ Martz.” But the promise of fame or fortune isn’t what pushes Martz to continue his art. Rather, the sheer pleasure of playing is enough for him. “One time I played, I played until my fingers bled because I was just pouring myself into it,” Martz says. “I get really itchy feet and I just let it all out at once. I love expressing myself like that in the music that I play.” 2013  •  january/february 


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Brandi Petersen

KETV NewsWatch 7 Anchor/Reporter


“Our joke is that I kind of hung around long enough until I got a job; I just wouldn’t leave.” -Petersen

rowing up in Papillion,

Brandi Petersen didn’t dream of becoming a television news anchor; she was interested in theatre and speech, and entered college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln intending to study drama. But she quickly realized that a future in musical theatre was “not meant to be.” A class on the history of broadcasting inspired her passion for broadcast journalism, and after she switched majors, Petersen sought an internship at KETV in 2001 simply because her family had always watched that station’s newscasts. “Our joke is that I kind of hung around long enough until I got a job; I just wouldn’t leave,” she says. “I had three internships and got very lucky that they took a chance on an intern...and it worked out very well for me.” Petersen became a fullfledged reporter in 2003 and an anchor three years later. She says she has found >> 2013  •  january/february 


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Daron Smith, who has T1D, is president of Better Business Equipment and is on the JDRF Heartland Chapter board of directors.

Cindy Irvine, mother of someone with T1D, is a volunteer and former board president with JDRF Heartland Chapter.


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iabetes has long been thought of as a single disease only suffered by the overweight, the unhealthy, the elderly, or those with family members who have had diabetes. And while that might be true of some people with the more common type 2 diabetes, it’s not the case with type 1 diabetes (T1D). “Type 2 diabetes is very different from T1D, as it is considered preventable and treatable,” says Brevard Fraser,

Executive Director of the JDRF Heartland Chapter, which includes both the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. As it stands today, there are no biological cures for T1D, which is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It can occur at any age, and the exact cause is unknown. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has been behind T1D >>

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<< research funding, working to improve the lives of all people affected by accelerating progress on the search for a cure, better treatments, and ways to prevent T1D. Today, JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research and has contributed more than $1.6 billion to finding a cure. “Incidences of T1D are on the rise, and JDRF is the first stop of support for those just diagnosed,” Fraser explains. “We can provide education, mentors, outreach,and the opportunity to be a part of finding a cure, and so much more for those affected by T1D.” Despite what many people think, Fraser and those affiliated with JDRF know that T1D is a very complicated disease. “From those who are diagnosed at 9 months to those living with T1D for over 40 years…The daily regimen [they] have to live with every day of their lives—it blew my mind away!” One person who would agree with Fraser is Omahan Daron Smith, who was diagnosed with T1D in 1970—coincidentally, the same year JDRF was founded. According to Smith, T1D is best understood by the illustration of an old teeter-totter. But instead of being a regular teeter-totter, this teeter-totter is held up by a pencil and has three wooden planks joining in the center. One of the planks represents food intake. Another represents insulin intake. The last represents the exercise, emotions, and stress in life. “I am attempting to keep a perfect balance of my blood sugar levels with all three of these [planks] hitting me at once, all day every day,” says Smith Smith grew up in the Omaha area. After spending some time at the University of NebraskaLincoln, he began his career at a young age, working for Better Business Equipment, a company started by his father, Coyner Smith, in 1968. When his father retired from the company in 2000, Smith took over as President. Despite his demanding career and raising 11-year-old son Joshua, Smith has a more overwhelming issue that constantly needs his attention—the injection of insulin into his body on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. A healthy pancreas will keep the body’s blood sugar level at about 80-100 all day regardless of activity, food intake, or stress. But for a person with T1D, like

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Smith, the levels must be managed in order to live. “My goal is to keep my blood sugar levels between 80 and 160. When my blood sugar levels get below 60, it causes major problems; and when it gets above 150, it will cause long-term, significant health issues, many of which are life-threatening. “I decided a long time ago that I have to look at life with diabetes with a glass-half-full attitude.” Fortunately, Smith hasn’t had to rely solely on positivity to get him through the struggle. “With the funding that has been raised for diabetes research through JDRF, tools like the insulin pump and the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) would not have happened… Before I switched my insulin delivery to an insulin pump, I would deliver the insulin through the use of syringes. I’ve estimated that, in my lifetime, I have taken over 25,000 insulin injections.” JDRF’s research is why Smith now uses some fairly sophisticated technol-Daron ogy to stay on top of his diabetes. “I use an insulin pump to deliver my insulin, and I also use a CGM to monitor my blood sugar level, as well as a glucometer to verify my blood sugar levels.” Smith is also blessed to be on the Heartland Chapter’s board of directors. Through that connection, he says that he has become aware of how close we are to finding more significant, life-altering technology for those with T1D. “The funding raised by JDRF is making huge strides for the individuals who deal with this disease…There is significant progress toward a cure and much better treatment.” Although JDRF is growing nearer to a cure for T1D each year, Smith hopes it comes soon, as it saddens him to think about the parents who have to help their children take thousands of insulin shots and prick their fingers six to 10 times a day

for their entire life. Cindy Irvine, who has volunteered with the Heartland Chapter for the last 10 years and is a former president of the board, says she is fortunate to have not been one of those parents. Her younger son, Tyler, was diagnosed with T1D at 14, which initially gave her the desire to work with the organization. “We were actually very blessed because he was older when he was diagnosed,” she says. “We had a lot of support in the medical community, as well as in our social community. He was pretty much able to give himself his own shots, and he knew he had to test his blood sugar.” Although her son was well adjusted to the management of his T1D, it doesn’t mean Irvine wasn’t occasionally at his school reminding teachers or coaches of his diabetic needs. Today, her son is 24 and has kept himself quite busy. “He just spent a year in Thailand, he spent Smith a semester abroad in Mexico, he went to the Dominican Republic through a Creighton University program, and he’s now studying to get his master’s degree in public health.” While her son has traveled, Irvine has been constantly working with him to make sure he is managing his diabetes properly. “I don’t think people understand. When you go abroad, the supplies you have to take are massive. We sent six months of insulin with him when he went to Thailand, and then my husband and I flew over for the next six months. [Tyler] carries around a lot of stuff. He started carrying a ‘murse,’ which he said stands for ‘man purse,’” she adds with a laugh. Irvine believes that the Heartland Chapter has done so much to provide help for children with diabetes and their parents. “There are so manyresources that you really can’t get >>

“The funding raised by JDRF is making huge strides for the individuals who deal with this disease… There is significant progress toward a cure and much better treatment.”

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Gala’s Inside Scoop Downtown Omaha Inc. Gala DoubleTree Hotel January 26

Since their first Gala in 1997, Downtown Omaha Inc. (DOI) has recognized individuals, associations, and corporations in different categories for contributing to the growth of Downtown Omaha. The officers and board of directors of DOI will recognize this year’s award winners at the Downtown DoubleTree. The theme for the 2013 Gala is “…back to the ’50s” and will feature ’50s music, a silent auction, a menu reminiscent of the ’50s, and Gil Cohen as emcee. A costume contest will also be held with mystery judges. This year’s winners include: Don Prochaska of Old Market Place; America First Real Estate Group, DICON General Contractors, and Holland Basham Architects; Omaha Children’s Museum, Paula Steenson of Paula Presents!, Frank McGree of Goodwill, Bobby Mancuso of Taste of Omaha, and Scottish Rite. Proceeds from the event will support Downtown Omaha Inc., which was formed in the early ’60s by downtown business and community leaders to create a group who would strive to better the Downtown Omaha community. 1616 Dodge St. 5:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-341-3700.

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St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Flower Festival St. Cecilia’s Cathedral January 26-27

Top: Hal and Mary Daub at the 2011 DOI Gala Bottom: Mike Kelley, Carol Schrader, and Terry Moore at the 2011 DOI Gala


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For more than two decades, the Cathedral Arts Project Flower Festival has brought the light, color, and fragrance of flowers to the community during the long, dark winter month of January. Set in historic St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, everyone is invited to walk through the “gardens” and floral displays filling the church. Live music from outstanding local artists and refreshments from WheatFields will also be present during the festival. This year’s Flower Festival will honor the unique work of local florists and designers with each florist presenting their surprising and distinctive floral vignettes. The Festival is free and open to the public, made possible by goodwill donations and underwriting by private and corporate patrons. On Friday evening, there will also be a patron party and special preview.   Free admission. 701 N. 40th St. For more information, visit or call 402-558-3100.

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20th Annual Rockin’ Rosie Hilton Omaha February 9 Grab that Hawaiian print shirt, sundress, and grass skirt and escape to a tropical island paradise in the dead of winter. The Rose Theater Guild’s largest annual fundraising event, Rockin’ Rosie, will be themed “Rosie Rocks the Luau” this year. The adult-only event will be held at the Hilton Omaha and will feature cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing to music from local band The Finest Hour. Honorary Chairs for the event are Sam and Stephanie Taylor. Proceeds from Rockin’ Rosie will support The Rose Theater’s many community programs. Besides offering outstanding productions that entertain and engage young audiences, The Rose strives to make the arts accessible to all children through school field trips, professionally instructed drama and dance workshops, and unique programs that bring disadvantaged youth to the theater, and it offers a creative outlet for teens free of charge via after school programs. No child or family desiring access to productions and classes is ever turned away. The Rose even offers classes specifically reaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down syndrome. $150 patrons, $125 general admission. Tables of 10 are available. 1001 Cass St. 5:30pm. For more information, visit or call 402-345-4849.

Above: Attendees at the 2012 Walk for Warmth bundled up for a chilly morning.

2013 Heartland Walk for Warmth Turner Park at Midtown Crossing February 23

Above: Guests from the 19th Annual Rockin’ Rosie event dressed in Western wear for the “Rosie Rocks the Ranch” theme.

The Heartland Walk for Warmth and Run for Fun will run through Midtown to raise funds for the Omaha-area Energy Assistance programs. “We’re adding more energy to the Heartland Walk for Warmth and Run for Fun in 2013, building on the successful event in February 2012, which raised $111,500,” says Greg Shinaut, community relations manager for Black Hills Energy and chairman of the 2012 Walk. Leading up to the event will be the first Restaurant Month at Midtown Crossing. Starting February 1, Midtown Crossing restaurants will donate a portion of a special menu item to the Heartland Walk for Warmth and Run for Fun. Tents in Turner Park during the Walk and Run will have displays and information from the event’s sponsors: OPPD, MUD, Black Hills Energy, Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, and KETV. Also, participating in the event will be The Salvation Army and the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross. The funds raised by the walk are divided equally among energy assistance programs administered by the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. The need for energy assistance is year-round. Energy sponsors Black Hills Energy, MUD and OPPD accept donations on an ongoing basis. The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army also accept donations for the Energy Assistance programs they. $35 Run for Fun registration (includes stocking hat), $25 Walk for Warmth registration (includes stocking hat). 3220 Farnam St. 10am. For more information, visit or call 402-346-3950.

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a two-month look at upcoming fundraisers and other charitable events 6th Annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique Who: Supports Open Door Mission’s Lydia House What: Formal dress and gown donation event Where: Ramada Omaha, 3321 S. 72nd St. When: 9am For more information, visit 2013 Dancing with the Omaha Stars Who: Supports The Sunshine Kids Foundation What: Local celebrities compete for the mirror ball trophy Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. When: 6pm For more information, visit or call 402-2904869.

January 5

2013 Reflection Ball Who: Supports Midlands Community Foundation What: Honoring Dave and Lori Pankonin Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6pm For more information, visit or call 402-991-8027.

February 16

Carnival of Love Gala Who: Supports Heartland Family Service What: Dinner and silent and oral auctions Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6pm For more information, visit or call 402-552-7424.

January 27

17th Annual EPS Benefit Dinner Who: Supports Essential Pregnancy Services What: Cocktails, dinner, and silent auction Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 5pm For more information, visit or call 402-554-0121.

January 31

Girls Nite Out Who: Supports Girls Inc. What: Featuring comedienne Karith Foster Where: Mutual of Omaha Dome, 3301 Dodge St. When: 5:30pm For more information, visit or call 402-457-4676.

February 23

16th Annual JDRF Promise Gala Who: Supports JDRF Heartland Chapter What: Dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. When: 6pm For more information, visit or call 402-397-2873.

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25th Anniversary Omaha Heart Ball Who: Supports American Heart Association What: Black tie event with dining, dancing, and auctions Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 6pm For more information, visit or call 402-346-0771.


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Art & Soup Who: Supports VNA Shelter Nursing Program What: Taste incredible soups and desserts and buy original artwork Where: Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy When: 1pm For more information, visit or call 402-930-4170.

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To those making a difference in the community, Omaha Magazine recognizes you for your dedication with some much-deserved kudos!

Jim Clifton and Mike and Gail Yanney Awarded at 2012 Ambassador of Hope Gala for UNMC


he 2012 Ambassador of Hope Gala was held in October at the CenturyLink Center Omaha and raised over $250,000 for UNMC Eppley Cancer Center’s cancer research. Since 1998, the gala has raised over $4 million for cancer research. More than 600 people—including Mayor Jim Suttle, former Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, former Mayor Hal Daub, and many more Omaha dignitaries—attended the event chaired by Jim and Shirley Young and Jane Rips.

The honored guest was Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, who received the Ambassador of Hope Award, which is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the fight against cancer through research, patient care activities, or through raising public awareness about cancer. J.B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska, also attended the event to present the Margre and Chuck Durham Spirit of Nebraska Award to Mike and Gail Yanney, who have significantly impacted the fight against cancer in Nebraska.

11th Annual Dinner Honors Recipients of the William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards


he 11th Anniversary William M. Kizer Award Dinner hosted by the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) took place in November at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. More than 250 people were registered to attend the awards dinner, including Governor Dave Heineman, Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. JoAnn Schaefer, and William M. Kizer, founder of WELCOM and the Wellness Council of America. Awards were presented to 19 local business professionals who demonstrated healthy lifestyle behaviors individually, as part of a team, or within their organizations. They were recognized in one of three categories: Leadership, Health Transformation, and Health Inspiration. Leadership Award:

Jim Lauerman – Bailey Lauerman Melissa Crawford – Physicians Mutual Rev. Deborah Boucher-Payne – The Nebraska Medical Center Alan Kohll – TotalWellness

Health Transformation Award:

Connie Stevens – Alegent Creighton Health Justin Still – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Tim Halbur – First National Bank Tina Probyn – First National Bank Mike Nickels – Omaha Public Power District Evan Henkel – Valmont Industries Dean McCormick – Valmont Industries Gina McDaniel – Woodmen of the World Health Inspiration Award:

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Sid and Dawn Dinsdale. Photo by Billings Photography

Vocalist and entertainer for the evening Nathan Pacheco

22nd Annual Roast

64th Annual Gala

Courtesy of Merrymakers Association


ver $275,000 was raised to support Merrymakers Association’s mission of providing professional entertainment to seniors in the community at the organization’s 22nd Annual Roast in November. Nearly 375 guests attended the event at Embassy Suites La Vista as Sid Dinsdale, Chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp, was “honored” by his friends Todd Plumb, Mike Mullin, and John Deardorff. Guests were entertained throughout the evening by emcee Mary Maxwell and the Merrymakers music professionals, as well as by auctioneer Jim Kalal.

Courtesy of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center


early 950 guests contributed more than $467,000 at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s annual Gala in November at the CenturyLink Center. Attendees enjoyed silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner, and entertainment by vocalist Nathan Pacheco. WOWT’s John Knicely emceed the event. Proceeds from the evening will support Children’s new Fetal Care Center in affiliation with Alegent Creighton Health. Honorary Chairs were Michael and Shelley Homa; Event Co-Chairs were Kathy Beck and Mary Wilson. Christine Nikunen is the current president of Children’s Friends Board.

116th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball Court. Photo by Dwyer Photography

116th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball

Courtesy of Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation


early 200 attended the 116th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball, themed “Harvest Fête Royale,” at the CenturyLink Center in October. This year’s King and Queen of the Ak-Sar-Ben court were Robert Duncan and Afton Robertson. Duncan is chairman emeritus of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, and Robertson is a senior at Indiana University majoring in apparel merchandising. Approximately $750,000 was raised for the Horatio Alger Association scholarships awarded to high school students from Nebraska and western Iowa.


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Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook, Aleah Peters, Cheyanne Plott, Ann McIntire, Darlene Fredrickson, Shannon Sokol, and Ella Sokol

2012 HoliDazzle

Courtesy of Nebraska Children’s Home Society


he Nebraska Children’s Home Society Family Guild hosted the 2012 HoliDazzle in November at the Omaha Regency Marriott. Over 150 people attended the event, raising more than $13,000 for NCHS services. The evening featured fabulous boutique shopping, holiday-inspired festivities, and a Younkers’ Fashion Show featuring Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook and other local celebrities. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and complimentary drinks. Event Co-chairs were Marilyn Chollett and Beth Pantano.


Ann Smolsky and Samantha Willey at last year’s Night of a Thousand Stars

Larry the Cable Guy, Warren Buffett, Jordan Burroughs, Tom Osborne, and Shane Lopez

2012 Night of a Thousand Stars

2012 TeamMates Tailgate

Courtesy of Nebraska AIDS Project


bout 700 people danced, donated, and showed their support for Nebraska AIDS Project in December at the Magnolia Hotel for their annual Night of a Thousand Stars. Attendees—including Major Jim Suttle, Dave Wingert, and Anne and Mike Boyle—got a chance to bid on art donated by such recognized names as Thakoon Panichgul, Amanda Jones, John Prouty, and Kristin Pluhacek. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $3 million to provide services annually to nearly 1,000 people living with HIV/ AIDS in the area. This year’s event raised more than $112,000.

Front: Mary Zlomke, Sally Stalnaker, Jeanie Owen. Back: Chris Olson, Nancy Hanson, Connie Kinnear, Patti Pryor, Kelly Fletcher, Kim Lubeck

Courtesy of TeamMates


he annual TeamMates Tailgate was held in November at the Embassy Suites La Vista with 1,133 guests in attendance. Over $500,000 was raised to support TeamMates Mentoring Program, which was founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne to help over 6,000 youth. The event kicked-off with a social hour and silent auction and was followed by dinner and the evening’s program. The program featured an interview with emcee Shane Lopez and special guests Mary Maxwell, Tom Osborne, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, Warren Buffett, and Larry the Cable Guy.

Friends Forever President Judy Thesing, Event Co-Chairs Susie Knapp and Vanita Lunda, and Faith Louis

Salute to Families - Nebraska

2012 Purses 4 Paws

Courtesy of Heartland Family Service


eartland Family Service recognized the Kelli & Jerry Joseph Family, the Betty & Bob Dorr Family, and the Pat Borrink Family in November at their Salute to Families – Nebraska event for their vitality and civic service in the community. Bob Rodgers, Jr. was also honored at the event as a family advocate for his outstanding efforts to strengthen families. WOWT news anchor John Knicely served as master of ceremonies. Mary Zlomke served as chair of the Omaha Salute to Families committee.

Courtesy of Nebraska Humane Society


he purse that funds homeless animals is a little heavier this month thanks to a successful Purses 4 Paws fundraiser. The event was held at Regency Court in November and was hosted by the Nebraska Humane Society’s Guild, Friends Forever, and co-chairwomen, Vanita Lund and Susie Knapp. Bonefish Grill, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Paradise Bakery supplied sumptuous hors d’oeuvres for ladies to enjoy as they shopped the silent auction of purses and accessories. More than $17,000 was raised for the Nebraska Humane Society, which helps rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals. GALA   2013  •  january/february 



Patricia Lewis, Alex Kendrick, Dr. Michael Lewis

Major Jim Suttle, OCI Executive Director Susan Thomas, and OCI Board President Les Bruning

Creating Futures Scholarship

3rd Annual Patron Party

Courtesy of Omaha Christian Academy


maha Christian Academy hosted its 3rd annual Creating Futures Scholarship Dinner in November with nearly 500 guests in attendance. The event raised $110,000 for need-based student scholarships and featured a silent auction containing great items and an exciting special guest line-up. Ken Brook, on-air radio host for KGBI 100.7 FM, was master of ceremonies for the evening, and Alex Kendrick, associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church, was the keynote speaker. Honorary Chairs were Craig and Shelly Wilkins.

Courtesy of Omaha Creative Institute


uests at Omaha Creative Institute’s Patron Party were enchanted by the work of Hooton Images photographers Heather and Jameson Hooton, heard excerpts from McKinstry-Brown’s book Cradling Monsoons, and took in Ballet Nebraska dancers performing stunning excerpts from their upcoming show The Nutcracker. Omaha Major Jim Suttle was also in attendance, mingling with Omaha Creative Institute artists and supporters. Tickets and donations for the event, held at the home of Pam and Rod Hernandez, raised $6,000, which will support Omaha Creative Institute’s programs.

Award recipient Kellie Harry. Photo by Billings Photography

Scott Hazelrigg, Erin Murnan, Bob Dalrymple, and Chad Butrick

2012 Milagro Dinner

Climb Higher Luncheon

Courtesy of OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.


he 2012 OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. annual Milagro fundraising dinner was held in November at the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, raising nearly $100,000. Over 380 attendees came to the dinner, which recognizes the contributions made by volunteers and partnering organizations. This year’s award recipients include Advanced Radiology, Dr. David Chait, Dr. David Williams, Dr. Thomas Lanspa, Kathy Gross, and Kellie Harry, JD. Special awards included Senators Gwen Howard, Bob Krist, Steve Lathrop, Heath Mello, and Jeremy Nordquist for their work on passing LB599, which restored prenatal care for all Nebraska women


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Courtesy of Outward Bound Omaha


utward Bound Omaha’s “Climb Higher Luncheon” drew a crowd of 475 people to the Scott Conference Center for the organization’s second annual fundraising luncheon held in October. The event grossed more than $80,000 to support the programming it offers underserved youth in the Omaha area. The luncheon also featured special guest speaker Chad Butrick, who spoke about overcoming his own obstacles after a car accident resulted in his leg being amputated. Luncheon Chairs were Mickey and Barney Marvin.

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Judi Wendt

Goes Gaga for Nails


a dy Gaga’ s e l a b o r at e ly decor ate d

fingernails get their own close-up barely 20 seconds into her 2011 “Yoü and I” music video. Her adorned hands are a focal point in wider shots throughout the six-plus-minute video featuring the artist as multiple characters, including a mermaid, cyborg, nymph and bride; in one cutaway, she even spits out a nail. All 10 Lady fingers were the handiwork of nail technician Judi Wendt of Rêvé Salon & Spa in Rockbrook Village, who says this video shoot was simultaneously the most challenging, exhausting, and exhilarating project in her 20-year career. “They [called and] said, ‘You’re going to do a shoot with Lady Gaga’ and I about wrecked my car!” Wendt said. Because the song was inspired by the singer’s relationship with Nebraskan Lüc Carl, the video was filmed near Springfield in July of 2011. Lady Gaga called in Marian Newman, >> Continued on page 222


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Omaha gen o Story by Linda Persigehl • Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Greg Groggel

World Traveler to Producer at 29


ative Omahan G r e g Groggel, 29,

has always had an adventurous spirit and an ambition to see the world. As a high school student at Millard West (Class of 2002), Groggel spent a semester as an exchange student in Finland. He went on to attend the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, where he pursued a degree in International Political Economy. During a college break, he volunteered as a runner for ESPN during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. “Mostly, I carted around athletes to and from the ESPN studio for interviews,” he said. “I had to learn how to drive a stick-shift in 24 hours,” he remembered with a nervous laugh. Following college, Groggel applied for and won a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which awarded him $25,000 to pursue his proposed project: travel to six former Olympic host cities—Mexico City, Mexico; Sydney, Australia; >> Continued on page 222

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Omaha faces

Omaha gen o Judi Wendt

<< described by Wendt as “the Rachel Zoe of the nail world” who then sought a local specialist to assist her, on one condition: she must have experience in a new nail technique called Minx. Wendt not only was one of the rare nail technicians in the area with Minx expertise at the time, she had actually been in the first training class ever offered by the Minx creators. Already a fan of Lady Gaga, Wendt didn’t hesitate to accept the project, even though it meant rescheduling 43 appointments. “It was very hush-hush...I told my clients ‘It’s really cool, and you’re going to be very excited when I can tell you what it is’,” she recalls. The action on location was fast and furious with Wendt logging 42 hours in just three days, and the nail designs were developed right on set. “I had nails in my pockets at all times and I wore a tool belt that had been designed by Marian for things like this. You run in and out, and you’re on the floor, searching in the hay; it’s crazy,” Wendt says. “She brought cases and cases of rivets and nails and all these metal pieces, and thousands of polishes, tips and Gelites, and all this stuff.” Although she admits to having a few “My God, that’s Lady Gaga!” moments, Wendt says working with the superstar was overwhelmingly positive. “She was ultra-gracious and super-professional. Intense, but not in a bitchy way, just very drawn into what she was doing,” she says. The Marian Newman connection led Wendt to a New York Fashion Week gig this fall, styling nails for six shows by various designers. Although she may return to future Fashion Weeks and has discussed European opportunities with Newman, Wendt says her husband and two sons, ages 10 and 14, and the family’s involvement with their activities will keep her anchored to Nebraska for now. Surprisingly, Wendt’s career stemmed from a part-time job she stumbled into during her college years. “This all developed along the way. I don’t think I ever realized that I had an artistic niche...I never wanted to do hair or nails. I have a business degree from UNO,” she says, adding that both her education and a bit of luck helped her become successful in the increasingly competitive nail industry. Wendt says she enjoys her loyal clientele, including several families now in the second and even third generations, and the creative outlet that doing nails, “an extension of fashion,” provides. “One of the reasons I love this business,” she says, “is that it’s never the same.” 222 

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Greg Groggel << Seoul, Korea; Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; Munich, Germany; and Bejing, China—over the course of a year to study and document the social, economic, and political ramifications of hosting the Games. The experience taught him to be self-reliant and resourceful. “I spent two months in each city,” he said. “Each time, I was on my own to find my own housing, transportation, my sources…it was challenging.” When NBC Sports learned of Groggel’s ambitious efforts, they offered him a job with the network covering the Beijing Olympics. “I spent about eight months on that job,” he said. In 2009, NBC hired Groggel back for a year to research and conduct pre-interviews with athletes in preparation for their coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. “I was Bob Costas’ righthand man, researching and writing for his prime-time [Olympic] show,” Groggel added. He served a similar role again for NBC this summer during the Summer Olympic Games in London. He’s been recognized with two Sports Emmy Awards for his work with NBC. Today, Groggel works for a television production company in New York, producing and developing new television shows for CBS, Bravo, CNBC, and others. “It’s a lot of fun, and very interesting—jumping around, doing field shots, some writing...” When asked if he’s ever been star-struck either at the Olympics or on the red carpet, Groggel replied, “Just once, really…I was excited to meet Tom Brokaw.” It seems the former KMTV reporter/NBC News anchorman and Groggel had a good bit in common. “We visited about Omaha mostly.” One of four kids, Groggel said in his family, venturing far from home is the norm. “I have three sisters. One lives in San Francisco and is a lawyer, one is in grad school, and one just moved to NYC after doing a stint in Togo with the Peace Corp.” Where did the Groggel kids get their wordly ways? “…Our mom, Martha Goedert. She works in the medical profession and goes to Haiti every year to do mission work and act as a midwife,” he shared proudly. Her example is all they needed to fly.

Story by SJ Muñoz • Photos by Bill Sitzmann and Jeff Beiermann, UNO

It's Hockey Time in Omaha! Battles on Ice


maha may not appear

to be a hockey town to the casual observer, but you don't have to peel back the layers too far to find evidence of such. The University of Nebraska-Omaha and Omaha Lancers, who carry the hockey banner in Omaha, have consistently played quality hockey with the Mavericks making two trips to the NCAA Tournament in their 15 years >>

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<< of competition, while the Lancers have accumulated more United States Hockey League Championships (13) than any other USHL teams since they joined the league in 1986. And fan support has and continues to be second to none. "Omaha is a good hockey town," UNO Mavericks head coach Dean Blais said. "We're near the top of the country in terms of attendance on a yearly basis. The support from the fans is huge and their commitment is extremely important to our program." Mike Aiken, Lancers head coach and general manager, added, "Omaha has always had 224 

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a strong hockey following, and it's only getting better. There's great development within the youth league and with the new arenas providing additional ice time that will only increase." This winter Omaha hockey will get another boost as an unique event will be held at TD Ameritrade Park. The Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice February 9 will feature a doubleheader as both Omaha squads entertain two of their fiercest rivals. The Mavericks take on the North Dakota Fighting Sioux while the Lancers face the Lincoln Stars. "The concept came from the Omaha Lancers and the doubleheader gave us the

best chance of having a successful event such as this," commented Harold Cliff, the President of the Omaha Sports Commission. "We wanted meaningful games and to provide something different at another one of the great Omaha venues. Omaha is a great sports community. These teams have competed well in the past and this is another opportunity to display their talents. With the doubleheader we'll also be able to provide two different types of hockey and expect strong attendance. It may not be something we can do annually, but we'll measure the response and this could grow. A lot depends on support. Sponsors also play a large part, and Mutual of Omaha

Page 224: The Omaha Lancers warm up during a December practice at Ralston Arena. At left: UNO Mavericks face off against Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in November. stepped up in a big way for this year. Local hockey interest remains strong, and we are confident this will be a successful event." Blais and Aiken echoed Cliff's excitement for this upcoming event and believe it's a great opportunity to showcase their teams. "It will be an awesome event," Aiken said. "With us playing Lincoln, which is one of the best rivalries in the league, it should be a great experience for the players and fans alike." It's undoubtedly an exciting time for hockey in Omaha as this season the Lancers began play in the brand-new Ralston Arena. "We've moved into an unbelievable building, and we feel fortunate to have such a

facility," said Aiken. "Our facilities are second to none and give us the opportunity to recruit the best players out there. We're more than hockey, it's an entertainment package. A fan friendly atmosphere with great hockey, which people can really enjoy. We get involved with the community quite a bit, and we plan to continue to promote our organization through the good people who are a part of it." UNO will also be changing home ice in the future after announcing plans in late 2012 to build an on-campus arena to host indoor Maverick athletics including hockey. "This area turns out some good kids with the strong youth hockey program, and I think

that development will grow with the addition of hockey facilities in the city," Blais explained. "More kids will be able to get ice time, which will be great for the future. Our future goals include winning a national championship. As we move into a very good conference (WCHA), it will help with recruiting. We like the state of our program and what we think we'll be able to accomplish in the future." That future looks bright, for all those involved and interested in Omaha hockey, thanks to the commitment from the organizations, community, and fans alike. 2013  •  january/february 225

Omaha restaurant review Story by Mystery Reviewer • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Vidlak's Brookside Cafe

Roger Vidlak


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n the corner of Bob

Boozer Drive and West Center Road, you will find one of West Omaha’s favorite breakfast and lunch hot spots.This would be the family-owned Vidlak's Brookside Cafe, which has been serving the happy masses since 1996. I recently rediscovered this busy, little cafe and thought I would share my thoughts on it with you. Vidlak’s sits in a corner endcap of a strip mall with limited parking, but that does not seem to deter guests from circling around the parking lot until they can find a spot and going in to wait for a table. Inside, it’s obvious that Vidlak’s will not be the recipients of any design or decor awards; but the restaurant is well-maintained, clean, and brightly lit. One thing that I really like about the layout of Vidlak’s is that the tables are not too crammed together, and there’s room to spread out, as well as enough light to read your Sunday newspaper. The weekend staff at Vidlak’s is mostly young and inexperienced, which can present some issues at times. What the young staff lacks in experience they make up for in friendliness, and they never seem fazed no matter how ‘deep in the weeds’ they may actually be. Every time I have eaten at Vidlak’s, I have waited for at least 15-25 minutes for the food to come. It’s hard to tell if this is a slow service issue, slow kitchen issue, or just bad luck on my part. My hunch is that it’s probably a little of each. That being said, the regulars do not seem to mind the delay and must just chalk it up to the cost of a good, fresh-cooked breakfast after church. The food is the reason this restaurant is so popular. The breakfast and lunch dishes are cooked fresh to order and are quite good. The menu is fairly expansive and has pretty much everything you could want in a breakfast/ lunch café, as well as several signature dishes that are actually quite creative. I should also

note that the portions are generous and prices are on the inexpensive side, which are both good things in my book. On a recent visit, I tried the Omaha Omelette ($7.99). This freshcooked 3-egg omelette has diced chicken, diced tomatoes, and broccoli topped with melted mozzarella cheese. The omelette was made the proper way, using a pan instead of a flat grill, cooked perfectly, not greasy, and was very enjoyable. The accompanying hash browns were also delicious. My dining partner had the Eggs Benedict ($7.99). Anyone who regularly orders this dish at restaurants can tell you that it’s an easy one to screw up. Not at Vidlak’s, though, as it was executed perfectly and also recommended. Lunch at Vidlak’s is very good as well. In the past, I have tried their burgers, sandwiches, and salads, and every time the food was excellent. So if you're looking for an inexpensive, family-friendly, fresh breakfast or lunch, and you’re not in too much of a hurry, then Vidlak's Brookside Cafe is a place that you really must try. Cheers!

Vidlak's Brookside Cafe 15668 West Center Road 402-330-0914 Food & Beverage *** Service *1/2 Ambiance **1/2 Price Inexpensive Overall **1/2 5 Stars Possible

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Omaha chef profile Story by Chris Wolfgang • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Ed LeFebvre

Cupcake Island, Ed's Personal Paradise


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d L e f e bv r e , ow n e r of

Cupcake Island at 120th and Pacific streets, made his very first cake at age 11. “I made it for a neighbor lady’s 80th birthday,” he recalled. “I really liked her, so I volunteered to do it.” A baking course at Metro Tech in 1973 was followed by 25 years at Baker’s grocery store, most of which were spent specializing in cakes and decorating. “This is all I’ve ever done my entire life,” LeFebvre said. “Cake decorating in particular is my passion.” He bakes all of Cupcake Island’s wedding cakes personally, just as he did for friends and friends of friends in his home kitchen for 20 years before opening the shop six years ago. “I want it the way I want it,” he confessed, “but I really do need to hand this off.” It’s a timely consideration, given that his plan is to retire in the next three years and travel with his wife, Lois. Their children Katie, Brian, and David are grown with

Cupcake Island offers an assortment of cupcake flavors daily in mini, regular, and jumbo sizes. their own careers, so LeFebvre said he hopes one of his staff takes up the business’ torch. Still, three years is three years, and the ideas aren’t stopping anytime soon. “I eat, breathe, everything, Cupcake Island,” LeFebvre said. He added that while he intends to keep up with the trends and expectations created by shows like The Food Network's Cupcake Wars, he’s always going to focus on quality. “I take pride in doing that for my people,” he said, referring to his customers. His signature flavor is Ed’s raspberry. The chocolate cupcake has raspberry filling, chocolate frosting, a raspberry on top, and chocolate curls. But his personal favorite? Plain white. “It’s just a really moist, flavorful cake,” he said without a hint of apology for the simple preference. “I’m not a big ‘filling’ person.” To keep things fresh in the new year, LeFebvre wants to put an emphasis on the cupcake’s big brother. “I already have more cakes on the books for 2013 than I’ve ever done in a year,” he said. Any other visions for the future? After citing new recipes like snickerdoodle, tiramisu, and turtle, LeFebvre leaned forward, eyebrow raised. “I’m telling you this,” he said. “The next thing is food trucks. And I’m not saying anything, but Omaha could use a cupcake truck.” And what does wife and bookkeeper Lois think about that? “I think he already has enough to do,” she said with a laugh.

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Bailey’s breakfast and lunch

402-932-5577 1259 S. 120TH St. Comfort food done with flair. For breakfast; all your favorites, featuring Omaha’s finest Eggs Benedict – 6 varieties, (and Crepes, too) topped with Hollandaise made fresh every day. Come try the best bacon you will ever eat! Breakfast served all day. And treat yourself to some of Omaha’s finest Salads, Soups, and Sandwiches, plus Chicken Fried Steak, fresh Angus burgers, and Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. When is the last time you had really good Egg Salad or Chicken Salad??? Open 7 days a week 7:00 – 2:00.

Get a Little Saucy.

brewsky’s food & spirits, two omaha locations


SATURDAY LUNCH [11am–4 pm]




402-614-2739 153rd & Q Sts.; 201-2739, 84th & Park Drive; Brewsky’s Food & Spirits opened its first restaurant/bar in Lincoln, NE in 1990. Brewsky’s now boasts six restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha. Our menu (created by Certified Executive Chef Ed Janousek) surprises people that are expecting the normal “bar food” found at most sports bars. The menu consists of steaks, burgers, chicken, wraps and about everything in between. We offer all the sports packages on our banks of TVs as well. The atmosphere created, the quality of the food served and the modest prices charged define Brewsky’s. We’ve been voted Best Sports Bar in Omaha for five consecutive years (Omaha Magazine). Come let us WOW you!

DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar 402-763-9974

1003 Capitol Avenue. Catch all of the action at 3 Omaha locations. Featuring burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers and an impressive drink menu along with HD TV’s and projectors and home to Blazin’ Piano’s, Omaha’s only dueling piano concept . 114th & Dodge, 10th & Capitol and 23th & Cornhusker in Bellevue.



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Pasta amore A C L A S S I C S P OT Dundee Dell 402-553-4010 (Omaha)

5007 Underwood. 11 AM until 1 AM every day, MondaySunday. Famous for Fish n’ Chips since 1934. Single malt & scotch tastings open to the public four times a month. Private tastings also available. We serve food from 11 AM to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11AM to 12:45 AM Friday and Saturday. We also serve a fantastic Sunday brunch from 11AM–2 PM on Sundays. $

lunch Mon-Fri: 11AM-2PM Dinner Mon-Sat:4:30PM-Close

Jams 7814 Dodge St.402-399-8300 (Omaha)

Welcome to the home of Independent food. Jams is a popular locally owned restaurant for a wonderful dinner or a glass of wine and appetizers. An American Grill, Jams menu takes on refined twists on old classics. From the Jumbo Crab Cake Burger to Midtown Meatloaf, Jams can please any palate.

PepperJax Grill Multiple Locations

PepperJax Grill is known for its famous award winning Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches packed full of seasoned sirloin steak on an authentic Philadelphia hearth-baked roll. Grilled Steak, Chicken and Shrimp Gourmet Rice Bowls, Giant Wraps, and Fresh Salads are also very popular. PepperJax Grill has 7 Omaha locations, www.


402.393.5000 1001 N 102nd Street Omaha, NE 68114

Private Party Rooms Business Luncheons Catering Rockbrook Village • (108th & Center) (402) 391-2585 • Fax: 391-0910

Quaker Steak and Lube 712-322-0101 (Council Bluffs, IA)

3320 Mid America Dr. Council Bluffs, IA.”The Lube” serves over 70 million wings annually, has bottled sauces for retail sale and has won the title of “Best Wings USA” Mondays are kids eat free from 5 to 9pm and Tuesdays are all you can eat wings for $12.99 all day. The Metro’s only, Quaker Steak and Lube also offers great steaks, ribs and burgers. Live Music again this fall on Friday

Rock Bottom Brewery 1101 Harney St (402) 614-9333

Rockbottom Restaurant & Brewery, Old Market ( 11th & Harney) - “We’re Serious about our Food, Crazy about our Beer”.

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Open for lunch & dinner ( CLOSED MONDAYS )

Take-out & catering Pizzas shipped nationwide ( ORDER ONLINE )

45th & Leavenworth


OLD MARKET - 13th & Howard 8 Omaha Area Locations

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Upstream Brewing Company two omaha locations

514 S 11th St. (402) 344-0200, 17070 Wright Plz. (402) 778-0100. Upstream features an extensive menu of new American pub fare including: appetizers and thin-crust pizzas, superb steaks featuring “Omaha Steaks”, fresh fish, pasta, salads, sandwiches and a great children’s menu. Fresh, handcrafted beer and root beer on tap. Extensive wine list. Call ahead for group reservations or to be placed on our waiting list. Visit our classic, upscale poolroom located on the second level.

Cafe L 402-201-3386 4741 S 96th St. Cafe L offers dishes made from scratch and all natural ingredients. From the gravy made with onion, carrots and celery to the spice pork chili, you can tell these flavors didn't come from a box. Friday's feature smoked Duroc pork raised in Iowa, steroid and antibiotic free, this is the Black Angus of pork. Visit us online for daily specials


Famous Dave’s Barbeque 402-829-1616 (Omaha)

Famous Dave’s has been voted Omaha’s favorite barbeque by Omaha Magazine’s readers and the Reader’s Choice. Real hickory smoked ribs, brisket, pork and a great selection made-from-scratch recipes. Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Six Omaha-Metro area locations: Bellevue–21st & Cornhusker, Benson–71st & Ames, Eagle Run–130th & Maple, Lakeside–173rd &Center, Millard–120th & L, and Council Bluffs by the MAC. Take out and catering available.

Stella’s Bar and Grill

“Serving World Famous Hamburgers since 1936” 106 Galvin Rd • Bellevue, NE • 402-291-6088 • Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Family Owned & Operated Authentic Italian Cuisine Party Rooms Available Carry Out Available

Serving Lunch & Dinner

2202 South 20th Street – Omaha



2056 N. 117th Ave. We are open Sun-Thurs: 11-9 and Fri & Sat's 11-10pm. We are offer 6 smoked meats as well as "HUGE" Turkey Legs and Big Ribs. We also offer 14 different homemade sides- everything from cheesy potatoes to apple cobbler to roasted red potatoes to mac&cheese We have catered for up to 750 people. Let us help you with your catering needs for the office and holiday parties as well. Check out our website at www.eatredzonebbq. com or find us Facebook as well.

Family Restaurant • Fine Steaks Chicken • Seafood Party Rooms Available

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3001 S. 32nd Ave • Omaha, NE 402-345-5656

Prime Steak Fine Wine Premium Service

ITALIAN don carmelo’s 2 locations (Omaha)

Tradition–Excellence–Value! Two locations: Rockbrook Village (402-933-3190) and 204th & Dodge (402-2899800) Omaha’s First and Finest NY Style Pizza, Stromboli, Calzone, Oven-Toasted Hoagies, Philly Cheese Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Beer & Wine. We also feature take-out and delivery and can cater your special event large or small. Stop in for daily lunch specials 11am -2 pm!

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 402-345-5656 (Omaha)

Spezia 402-391-2950 (Omaha)

“I had the ribeye and it was cooked to perfection.” “Don’t miss the calamari!”

“This is by far the best restaurant in Omaha.”

13665 California Street Omaha, Nebraska 402.445.4380 Private party rooms available for 6 to 40 people.

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3125 South 72nd Street (3 blocks north of the I-80 interchange). Choose Spezia for lunch or dinner, where you’ll find a casual elegance that’s perfect for business, guests, get-togethers, or any special occasion. Exceptional food, wine and service, with a delectable menu: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, innovative pasta, risotto, gnocchi, cioppino, lamb, entrée salads. Mediterranean chicken, flatbreads, fresh salmon daily. Enjoy a full bar, Italian & California wines, Anniversary Lovers Booth (call to reserve), private dining rooms, and wood-fired grill. Open Mon-Sat. Cocktail hour: 4-6 pm-all cocktails, glass wine and beers half price. Evening reservations recommended. Call (402)391-2950.


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108th & West Center road (Rockbrook Village). Pastas are made fresh daily, including tortellini, fettuccine and capellini. Daily specials and menu items include a variety of fresh seafood and regional Italian dishes, such as Linguini Amore and Calamari Steak, Penne Florentine, Gnocchi, Spaghetti Puttanesca and Osso Bucco. Filet mignon also offered for those who appreciate nationally renowned Nebraska beef. To complement your dining experience, the restaurant offers a full bar and extensive wine list. Be sure to leave room for homemade desserts, like the tiramisu and cannolis. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. AE-MC-V. $$

“The brunch on Sunday is the best.”






Pasta Amore 402-391-2585 (Omaha)

“Love the beer bread and microbrews!”


13th & Jackson. Nicola’s offers a distinctive, tempting menu of upscale Italian dishes, including Lobster Ravioli, Classic Carbonara & Mediterranean Lasagna in an alluring environment. Also enjoy an Extensive Wine List & Full Bar on our Outdoor Garden Patio while you dine. Nicola’s also offers Catering & Desserts To Go for your private party or business gathering.






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Nicola’s 402-345-8466 (Omaha) reviews


3001 So. 32nd, Ave. Located in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by charming homes. At the table everyone is greeted with homemade bread, a bowl of fresh tomatoes & basil, a bowl of oven roasted garlic cloves, special seasoned olive oil, & at night, a jug of Chianti! Large variety of pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, & even a delicious New York steak. Traditional dishes such as lasagna, tortellini, & eggplant parmigiana are also available. Lunch also offers panini, salads & one of the best pizza in town. Patio seating, full bar, & a great wine list complete this. No reservations, except for private rooms.



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Zio’s Pizzeria Several Omaha Locations

Three locations: 7834 Dodge St. (402-391-1881), 12997 W. Center Rd. (402-330-1444), and 1109 Howard St. in the Old Market (402-344-2222). DELIVERY, DINE-IN, and CARRY-OUT. Serving New York style pizza by slice or whole pies, calzones, hoagies, pastas, salads and garlic breads. Zio’s pies are hand-stretched and baked in oldworld ovens. Zio’s offers 35 of the freshest toppings. Taste the freshest pizza at Zio’s. Family dining – open seven days a week. Lunch special and beer and wine available. $

Sonoran Style Cooking Made Fresh Daily. Catering and Party Rooms Also Available. 7555 Pacific St. 399–8006 380 N.114 St. 330–5707

Greek and American Cuisine Homemade Greek Pastries Takeout & Catering Beer-Wine-Cocktails

119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 •

Omaha, Nebraska

402.345.8466 13th & Jackson St

Omaha’s Only Authentic

German Restaurant Locally Owned Since 1976

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Pan Fried Chicken Wednesdays All Occasions Cakes, Pies, Strudel 5180 Leavenworth 402-553-6774

omaha’s original steakhouse

• Proudly serving visitor & locals for 90 years. • Less than 10 minutes from Downtown. • Featured in Midwest Living Best of the Midwest 2011. • Serving hand cut steaks, aged on premise and slow roasted prime rib with pride. 402-731-4774 27th & ‘L’ St., Kennedy Frwy, ‘L’ St. Exit 8 Minutes from Downtown Omaha.


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13110 Birch Dr, Ste 100 (132nd & Maple) Innovative Italian cuisine courtesy of Chef Enzo Zurlo is an Omaha treasure not to be missed. Friendly staff serves everything from hot brick oven pizzas to sumptuous pasta dishes to homemade desserts. Live music, outdoor patio and a price point for every budget make the modern bistro a perfect place to relax with friends.


O’Connor’s Irish Pub & Grille 402-934-9790 (Omaha)

1217 Howard St. Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Great before and after games. O’Connor’s offers pub style food: burgers, reubens, daily specials and homemade soups. The pub offers all the traditional Irish favorite libations: Guinness, Harp and Irish whiskey. Grill hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $

Best Of Omaha 7Years Running

Where good food and good service never go out of style.

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Cantina Laredo 402-345-6000


Speciality Cakes & Cupcakes Fruit-Filled • Vegan Sugar-Free • Gluten-Free

120 S. 31st Ave. Cantina Laredo serves gourmet Mexican food in a sophisticated, vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the signature margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime juice and the finest tequila, while savoring guacamole made fresh at your table. Visit Cantina Laredo at Omaha’s Midtown Crossing for lunch, dinner, drinks, and Sunday brunch.

Fernando’s Two Omaha Locations

Two locations: 7555 Pacific St. (402-339-8006), 380 N. 114th St. (402-330-5707). Featuring Sonoran-style cooking made fresh daily. Catering and party rooms also available. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. AE-MC-V. $

CUPCAKE ISLAND 1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800

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Asian Best Greek


120th & Pacific • 402-932-5577

Family Owned Since 1983

Catering ~ Party Room Available Homemade, Fresh Food ~ Always Wave Bistro asian fusion cuisine 402-496-8812 (Omaha)

4002 N 144th St (One Blk N. of Maple St&West Side of 144th St) Step into a world where green waves suspend in the air, an intimate interior as mouth watering aromas waft thru the air. Wave Bistro presents the best Asian Cuisine in Omaha with a European twist. One of a kind dishes from scratch such as Cashew Crusted Salmon to Tea Smoked Duck-a balance between contemporary & traditional food. Full service bar. Mon-Thurs 11:00AM-9:00PM,Fri-Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM. All Credit Cards Accepted.

3821 Center St. 402/346-1528

1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376 168th & Center (S.W. Corner) 402-763-1860 1911 Leavenworth St. • 402-614-5544



Charlie’s on the Lake (Omaha)

144th and F streets (402-894-9411). Charlie’s is the only fresh-fish daily seafood restaurant in Omaha. Featuring a relaxed, yet contemporary atmosphere that is fun for all ages. Besides fresh seafood, Charlie’s is the home of the James Bond style martini, shaken not stirred, in over 20 varieties, in addition to over 60 wines. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $

1218 So. 119 St. • 402-827-4376


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shucks fish house & oyster bar 402-827-4376 (S. 119 St.) 402-763-1860 (168th & Center)

1218 S. 119th St, and also in the Shops of Legacy, SW corner of 168th & Center (just north of Lifetime Fitness). Open 7 days a week. Have you ever been to a fish shack on the coast? You’ll like this! Open 7 days a week. Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boys, Fried Clam Strips, Shrimp, Walleye, Calamari and Oysters (all VERY lightly breaded). Plus Crab Cakes, Clam Chowder, Gumbo, Salads and Daily Fresh Fish Specials. Featuring a large variety of Oysters on the Half Shell, shucked right in front of you. Killer Happy Hour 2-6, every day.

SPECIAL DINING RED MANGO name, design and related marks are trade of Red Mango, Inc. © 2011 Red Mango, Inc. All rights reserved.

Best pub in Omaha!

Over 750 Single Malts, 230 Beers, & Awesome Food! 50 0 7 U nde r woo d • 4 0 2 - 5 5 3 - 9 5 0 1 • dU n d e e de l l @ dUnde e de l l .c om

Casablanca Moroccan Cafe 402.884.3382

3025 Farnam St./Midtown Crossing. The Chef Hamid has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. He enjoys making delicious dishes for every occasion. Great Hummus! Open M-Th 11a.m.-11p.m., Fri-Sat 11a.m.-12a.m., Sun 11a.m.-12a.m.

Cupcake Island 402.334.6800

1314 S. 119th St. For six years, Cupcake Island has been delightfully serving Omaha brides with their wedding cakes and cupcakes. They offer a variety of cake choices, including but not limited to:  vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, in additional to traditional wedding cake flavors. Monday-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-4.

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery 402-553-6774 (Omaha)

5188 Leavenworth St. Omaha’s only Authentic German Restaurant. A little piece of Germany in Omaha. Gerda herself makes homemade spaetzle, schnitzels and rouladen. Fresh made soups, red cabbage, sauerkraut and dumplings are a few other treats. Stay for dessert of black forest cake or grab fresh bakery for breakfast on your way out. Open Monday-Tuesday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Greek Islands 402-346-1528 (Omaha)

3821 Center St. Greek cuisine with specials every day at reasonable prices. Well known for our Gyro sandwiches and salads. We do catering and can accommodate a party for 65 guests. Carryout and delivery available. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. AE-DC-MC-V. $

Horsemen’s Park 402-731-2900 (Omaha)

Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Resturant!


The Best Chicken In Town Since 1997"

Horsemen’s Park located at 6303 Q Street. Happy Hour Mon-Wed from 5-9 p.m.–$1 pints, $1.75 domestic bottles and $2 well drinks. Tuesday–25¢ wings from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday–$5.95 Steak Night after 5:00 p.m. Thursday–75¢ tacos and $1.75 margaritas after 5:00 p.m. Friday – $7.95 Prime Rib Dinner after 5:00 p.m. Daily specials 7 days a week. Open daily at 10:00 a.m. Check out our website at 13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292 236 

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Sundays, Brunch Buffet 10-2 • Mon evenings, Kids eat free Wednesdays: 1/2 off all bottles of wine

Jaipur Brewing Company 402-392-7331 (OMAHA)

10922 Elm St. Rockbrook Village. A casual restaurant in a ralaxed atmosphere. Lunch; Chicken Tikki Naan with Chutney; Tandoori Chicken & Muligatanny soup. Dinner entrees include fresh vegetables dishes, grilled colorado lamb sirloin, Sushi grade Ahi, Tandoori marinated grilled salmon, Tandoor grilled beef tenderloin, to name a few. Wide selection of wines & liquor, on site brewed beer. Lunch: Thurs. & Fr. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat. 5p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Katie's Greek Restaurant 402.558.5623

119 S 40th St. Katies Greek Restaurant & Taverna is a family run establishment and we value giving great food at a great price. Omaha agrees! Want to eat light? Try our fine vegetarian cuisine! Have a heartier appetite? How about a nice, juicy souvlakia and gyros! If you have a diner who might not feel adventurous enough for Greek food, we also have a nice selection of American items as well. We also have a full bar. We can cater private parties hold it at your location or at ours! Give us a call or find us on facebook for special offers.

“World’s Greatest Hamburger” Come see why 72nd & Dodge St. 402-556-0504

3636 North 156th St 402-934-4578

330-0440 •

10875 W Dodge Rd. (Old Mill & 108th)

Lalebela - Ethiopian Restaurant 4422 Cass St.,

Conveniently located at Midtown, this spot boasts authentic Ethiopian food. If you've never tried this ethnic gem, sampler platters offer a bit of every taste. Enjoy authentic dishes or try an old favorite with an Ethiopian twist. Customer reviews rave about he great services. Gluten free options. Hours are 10:00 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Accepts all credit cards.

Nosh Wine Lounge 402-614-2121

1006 Dodge Street. A diverse boutique wine list from around the world, culinary delights using locally grown organic produce and impressive drink menu. Nosh is the place for friends to gather, relax and celebrate good times. Located in The Capitol District in Downtown Omaha.

Race cars and Motorcycles hanging from the ceiling! Corvettes in the dining room! Over 30 T.V.s to watch your favorite games. We have a full menu with Ribs, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches and of course Steak! We feature Jumbo size Chicken Wings with 18 different types of Award-Winning sauces. Our Atomic hot sauce is so hot that you have to sign a waiver to eat them!

3320 Mid America Drive • Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712.322.0101 •

Red Mango (402) 933-8815 (13th & Cuming) (402) 884-3795 (103rd & Pacific) (402) 334-4774 (168th & Center)

Red Mango combines its refreshingly tangy frozen yogurt with fresh and exciting toppings to create a nutritious dessert that can be enjoyed guilt free all day. Red Mango Frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat, gluten-free, and kosher most importantly it taste great! Locations at 13th & Cuming, 103rd & Pacific and 168th & W. Center.

The Original Whiskey Steak 2121 S. 73 St. (402) 391-7440

Legend (average price per entrée)

$1 to 10 - $, $10 to 20 - $$, $20 to 30 - $$$, $30 and over - $$$$


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TED & WALLY’S ICE CREAM 402-341-5827

Come experience the true taste of homemade ice cream at 12th & Jackson in the Old Market. Since 1986, we’ve created gourmet ice cream flavors in small batches using rock salt & ice. We offer your favorites plus unique flavors like Margarita, Green Tea, Guinness, and French Toast. Special orders available.


801 Chopouse at the Paxton 402-341-1222

1403 Farnam St. Designed with a 1920’s era New York Chophouse in mind, 801 is the epitome of elegance. You will not forget the crisp white tablecloth fine dining experience. From their USDA prime grade beef and jetfresh seafood from all over the world, 801 Chophouse is truly the best Omaha has to offer. Open 7 nights a week.

Cascio’s Steak House 402-345-8313

Since 1946, Cascio’s Steak House has been Omaha’s #1 steakhouse. The Cascio family established high standards of top quality food which is carefully prepared and promptly served by the friendly staff. Minutes south of the old market. The perfect place to hold your entire banquet and party needs Cascio’s has 7 party rooms handling groups of 10-400 people.

Since 1921

Legend (average price per entrée) $1 to 10 - $, $10 to 20 - $$, $20 to 30 - $$$, $30 and over - $$$$



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O’Connor’s Irish Pub 1217 Howard St. • Omaha, NE 68102 402-934-9790

1120 Jackson Street (402) 341-5827

6 Years In A Row

The Drover 402-391-7440

2121 S. 73rd Street (just 1/2 block of Doubletree) Famous for the original Whiskey Steak. Truly a one of a kind Midwestern experience. Excellent food, wine, service and value. Rare……..and very well done. Reservations accepted. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11am – 2pm. Cocktail Hour 3-6pm Dinner nightly at 5pm. Reservations accepted. AE,Dc-MC-V $$$

Celebrating 25 Years!

Come in for a taste of one of our amazing specials! 402.391.5047

7425 Dodge St. | Omaha |

Johnny’s Café – Since 1922 402-731-4774 (Omaha)

27th and L streets. Years of quality dining and hospitality make Johnny’s Café a restaurant to remember. Serving only the finest corn-fed beef the Midwest has to offer. Aged steaks and prime rib are the specialties, with homemade bread and pies to complete one’s meal. An excellent wine list adds to the enjoyment at one of Omaha’s original restaurants. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. AE-MC-V. $$

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 402.445.4380

13665 California St. This is a restaurant where steak is the star, using custom aged U.S. Prime Midwestern Beef known for its excellence in marbling, texture, and flavor. We serve it sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. With amazing service in a less intimidating fine dining atmosphere.

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Wave Bistro Asian Asian Fusion Fusion Cuisine Cuisine

402-496-8812 4002 N. 144th St.

One Block N of Maple & W side of 144th



• Beef Brisket • Pulled Pork • Famous Ribs • Sausage & Hot Links

Reservations Recommended OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE! Open 5pm Monday-Saturday 4pm Sunday Party Room available

• BBQ Nachos • Smoked Turkey • Smoked Chicken • Turkey Legs • & more...

Now Catering Wedding Receptions and Graduation Parties!

402.431.ZONE (9663) • 2056 N. 117th Ave. North Park Plaza Corner of 120th & Blondo or follow us on

Our Smoker to You-Guaranteed!


Catering Available 2706 N. Main St Elkhorn, NE 68022 402-289-4772



Thanks for voting us “Best of Omaha ” Organic Dining! ®

12317 West Maple Road Omaha, NE 402.964.2212




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Story by TKTKTK • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Always a Large Selection of Fresh Fish

Omaha Prime 402-341-7040 (Omaha)

415 S. 11th St. (Old Market). Only restaurant featuring complete Prime beef. Open six days a week, Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-close. $$-$$$

4150 south 144th street • omaha • 894-9411

Piccolo’s Restaurant 402-342-9038 (Omaha)

2202 S. 20th St. One of Omaha’s finest traditions, where quality steaks are served at low prices. Especially designed for a family outing or a business social. The specialty is tasty prime rib, served for the last 60 years under the crystal ball. Daily lunches: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.110:30 p.m. Daily and night specials.

@lamesaomaha /LaMesaMexicanRestaurant Sullivan’s Steakhouse 342-0077 (Omaha)

2222 S. 15th St. Sullivan’s is a vibrant neighborhood steakhouse featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list – all served up with unparalleled hospitality. Sullivan’s is located just blocks away from Omaha’s Old Market District. The restaurant features a lively bar, intimate dining room and open patio where guests can enjoy live jazz nightly. The beautiful wine cellar is the perfect setting for private dinners and business presentations.

Legend (average price per entrée) $1 to 10 - $, $10 to 20 - $$, $20 to 30 - $$$, $30 and over - $$$$


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OMAHA 110TH & MAPLE 496-1101

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Fresh • Local • Flavor

7814 Dodge St. 402.399.8300 • 2013  •  january/february 


Omaha beer & food Story by Paul Kavulak • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

About Paul Kavulak

Beer & Food


h e f, Baker, Vintner, Cheesemaker, distiller, brewer. All

require incredible talent and painstaking skill to climb the higher rungs within their respective arts. Look at the titles again and to an extent, I’m betting your definitions of each are likely fairly superficial—a baker makes pastries, a vintner makes wine, a brewer makes beer, etc.—and that’s fine if they were. Each is given to an individual discipline, and all are bent on pleasing people, and for good reason. After all, these tradesmen and women are asking John Q. Public to trade his hard-earned cash for their well-crafted product. But if you take a closer look at these professions and think a bit deeper…about how broad their fields of expertise must be to excel… you realize on second thought that a winemaker, for example, has quite a few different wines to master as part of their repertoire. The brewer? Hopefully, you were able to come up with a few different styles given 242 

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After working in the IT / corporate world, most recently as an executive at West Corp., Kavulak took a passion for brewing beer which began in 1996 and ultimately came to found Nebraska Brewing Company with his wife, Kim, in 2007. Today, he is an accomplished brewer, beer judge, beer writer, and the current president of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild. Nebraska Brewing Company holds over 60 brewing medals in competitions as prestigious as the Great American Beer Fest and World Beer Cup. In 2011, Nebraska Brewing Company was making the nation’s No.1 Barrel Aged Beer with a Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgian known as Melange a Trois.

your own personal experiences. And it’s quite alright if you couldn’t name 10 different styles or 40 or 75… That’s why I’m writing this column. My name is Paul Kavulak, and I’m a brewpub owner, along with my wife, Kim. Within the confines of this article and this magazine, we’ll explore the world that has become craft beer. I’m not here to judge other brewpubs or dwell too long on any given facet of brewing but rather to educate and enlighten readers on all the varieties of beer—beer that is made by small, independent, and privately owned breweries focused entirely on the quality of their products, the enjoyment of their fans, and the education and inclusion of so many of you who may not have already joined the ranks of the craft beer movement. Already a fan? Fantastic. Together, we’ll learn a bit more than we knew yesterday. No one likes a lecturer, so I intend to push my own envelope and take you along for the ride. Join me.

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#1 - Dermatologist

Joel Schlessinger, M.D.

Best since the beginning!

Joel Schlessinger, M.D. specializes in general dermatology and cosmetic surgery services with solution-oriented and patient-focused medical care. Whether your needs are medical or cosmetic, Dr. Schlessinger has the expertise and knowledge to find a treatment plan for you. Our newest entrant to the Best of Omaha, LovelySkin Spa, offers customized skin care treatments such as facials, peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion - all under the direction of Dr. Schlessinger and a staff of 6 full-time estheticians. and LovelySkin flagship store offer premier and physician-only skin care and 10,000 cosmetic products from over 250 brands, including specialty and hard-to-find niche products with a medical benefit.

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